Title IX Resources

Birthday cake for Title IXYou may not know what Title IX is, but it has certainly had an impact on your life as a student and an athlete.

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Did you know?

  • Before Title IX, the primary physical activities for girls in   school were cheerleading and square dancing?
  • Before Title IX, only 1 in 27 girls played high school sports?
  • Before Title IX, college scholarships for girls were virtually nonexistent and some school even limited the number of women admitted?
  • Before Title IX, less than 10 percent of law and medical degrees were earned by women?

In 1972, what is now known as Title IX of the Education Amendments Act vowed to change that.

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.

That was 40 years ago. Today, opportunities for girls and women have grown significantly. One in every 2.5 high school athletes is a girl, nearly half of the doctoral degrees awarded go to women and more than $1 million in scholarships go to female athletes at Division I schools.

What does this mean?

  • High school girls who play sports are less likely to be involved in an unintended pregnancy; more likely to get better grades in school and more likely to graduate than girls who do not play sports.
  • Girls and women who play sports have higher levels of confidence and self-esteem and lower levels of depression.
  • Girls and women who play sports have a more positive body image and experience higher states of psychological well-being than girls and women who do not play sports.

To learn more about Title IX and the benefits of physical activity for girls and women, visit the Women’s Sports Foundation website. Girls and parents can also learn more through the GoGirlGo! Campaign at womenssportsfoundation.org/gogirlgo.

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