Rep. Maloney on the 36th Anniversary of Title IX

Jun 22, 2008
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) issued the following statement on the 36th Anniversary of Title IX, the federal statute prohibiting sex discrimination in education programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance:

“Title IX has helped bridge the opportunity gap between women and men and paved the way for generations of women doctors, attorneys, professors, and corporate executives.  How great is it that young women today believe they can do anything?  And they truly can.

“Title IX has ensured equality in all aspects of education for girls and women, and opened locker room doors and sports stadiums.  Because of Title IX, our daughters are healthier, have higher grades, lower pregnancy rates, are less likely to use drugs, and more likely to graduate from college.

“While Title IX has been a huge success, the battle for equality is not yet won.  In 2002, women made up 54 percent of college students, but they only comprised 43 percent of college athletes.  Meanwhile, men received 36 percent more athletic scholarships than women.  Women also receive only 20 percent of computer science and engineering-related technology bachelor’s degrees, and only 39 percent of all full professors at colleges and universities are women.

“While great progress has been made in leveling the playing field between women and men, more must still be done to achieve complete equality.  We must continue to fulfill the promise of Title IX and create a limitless world for future generations of young women in America.”

Background:

Congresswoman Maloney has urged the Bush Administration to reverse a controversial policy that would hamper enforcement of Title IX; on June 6, 2006, she wrote to the Department of Education expressing concern over changes to Title IX compliance standards that severely threaten women’s access to equal opportunity in sports.  Maloney has also cosponsored legislation aimed at protecting Title IX and increasing gender equity in publicly funded athletic programs.  Click here for more information

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