This event looks back at the progress and challenges of the forty years since Title IX passed in 1972. While Title IX is widely known as the law supporting women’s athletic teams, the legislation also dramatically improved the experiences of all women in education. Title IX prohibits discrimination based on sex in education programs and all activities that receive federal financial assistance. Some of the forms of discrimination that Title IX prohibits include sexual harassment, the failure to provide equal opportunity in athletics, and discrimination based on pregnancy. In 1972, before Title IX, women earned less than ten percent of law and medical degrees, and just 13 percent of doctoral degrees. Today, women earn nearly half of all law and medical degrees, and over half of all doctoral degrees.
The panelists will examine the impact of Title IX, its history, and its continued relevance. The speakers have a range of experiences in university administration, athletics, education, and the sciences.