Women and Girls in Sports are Under Attack: Save Title IX!
Title IX (title nine) of the Education Act of 1972 prohibits discrimination against girls and women in federally-funded education, including in athletics programs. Title IX is the reason why girls and
women have made such gains in education and particularly in sports. In 1971, only 294,015 girls participated in high school athletics. Today, over 2.7 million girls participate in high school athletics, an 847 percent increase, according to the Department of Education.
The Bush administration has called a “Blue Ribbon Commission” to hold a series of public hearings to evaluate the status and impact of Title IX. Women’s groups believe this to be the latest attempt to weaken Title IX.
Young women across the country must tell the commission how Title IX has made a difference in their lives and on their campuses. We must debunk the myth that Title IX hurts male athletic programs.
Stay tuned for information about ways that you can support this landmark legislation for women and girls. In the meantime, check out
http://www.feminist.org/sports/titleIX.html to learn more.
3/6/2014 Senate Rejects Qualified Obama Nominee to Lead DOJ Civil Rights Division - The US Senate blocked President Obama's nominee to lead the Civil Rights Division within the Department of Justice.
Senators voted 47-52 yesterday in opposition to Debo Adegbile, a highly qualified attorney who worked in private practice at the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison before holding several leadership positions at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, including Director of Litigation, Acting President, Director-Counsel, and Special Counsel, and serving as senior counsel to the US Senate Judiciary Committee.
Adegbile is a voting rights expert. . . .