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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 06/22/12
Mayor Kasim Reed, City of Atlanta Commemorate 40th Anniversary of Title IX
Landmark civil rights legislation guaranteed equal access for women to the nation’s classrooms and sports venues
Mayor Kasim Reed this week recognized the 40th anniversary of Title IX, the landmark civil rights legislation that led to an extraordinary shift toward equal rights for women by opening access to the nation’s classrooms and sports programs.
On June 23, 1972, Title IX, included in the Education Amendments of 1972, was signed into law. It prohibited discrimination and required equal opportunity for all students, regardless of gender, in all of the education programs and activities of a school, university, or other program receiving federal financial assistance.
The legislation, in part, stated: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation and be denied the benefits of or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance”
“This simple, 37-word long provision has had an unyielding impact on furthering equal rights for women in America and is just important today as it was 40 years ago,” said Mayor Reed. “Atlanta is a remarkable, world-class city due in no small part to the hard work of so many women who contribute their time and talent at work, at home, in our schools and in our communities. I have no doubt that Title IX empowered many of these women to achieve extraordinary progress in fields previously restricted to men.”
Under Mayor Reed’s leadership, the City of Atlanta will launch a women’s entrepreneurship center this year designed to create jobs, revitalize neighborhoods and commercialize new technologies while closing the gender gap in business creation. Atlanta is a top-ranked city for entrepreneurial activity and intends to become the leading center for women-owned companies in what the Kaufman Foundation has proclaimed as Decade of the Women Entrepreneur.
This week, President Barack Obama’s administration announced new measures to help increase the number of women in the science, math and technology fields as part of the White House observance of the 40-year anniversary of Title IX. The new guidelines include Department of Education broadening data collection in public schools by the U.S. Department of Education for more accurate analysis of the gender and minority gaps in enrollment, graduation rates and in science classes.
Since Title IX's passage, women's participation in college sports has increased six-fold. At the high school level, the number of girls participating in athletics has increased ten-fold since 1972, to three million girls today, according to Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education.
A study by Wharton professor Betsey Stevenson found that up to 40 percent of the overall rise in employment among women in the 25 to 34 year-old age group was attributable to Title IX.
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