As the Faces of Title IX stories show, women and girls have come a long way since the enactment of Title IX --
the federal civil rights law that prohibits sex discrimination in
education. Still, far too many students are denied equal educational
opportunities. The National Women’s Law Center works to eliminate and
prevent barriers to students' success in school. Although Title IX is
best known for breaking down barriers in sports for women and girls, it also opens the door for girls to pursue math and science, requires fair treatment for pregnant and parenting students, and protects students from bullying and sexual harassment, among other things.
Parenthood is not the end of the road for teen moms. Quite to the
contrary, motherhood can serve as an educational motivator for many
young women. Unfortunately, educational barriers and discrimination
often thwart this drive and determination. Despite Title IX's
prohibition against sex discrimination, there are schools across the
country that continue to bar pregnant and parenting students from
activities, kick them out of school, pressure them to attend alternative
programs, and penalize them for pregnancy-related absences. Read the report, A Pregnancy Test For Schools: The Impact of Education Laws on Pregnant and Parenting Students.
You've heard about Title IX and athletics, but Title IX is about much
more! In honor of the 40th anniversary of the law's passage, the
National Coalition for Women and Girls in Education published a
comprehensive report to help give educators, parents, students, and
lawmakers a better understanding of Title IX's impact and challenges
that remain in many areas of education, in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, Career and Technical Education, Bullying and Sexual Harassment, Single-Sex Education, Pregnant and Parenting Students and Athletics.
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Karyn Ridgeway was a plaintiff in one of the first Title IX athletics cases in the country and went on to play basketball at the University of Montana. At 40 she made a life-changing decision — and she was able to do all this with the help of Title IX.Read more Meet more faces of Title IX
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