Flipboard Want an example of how far women have come in America? On college varsity teams, there are now five times as many women as there were in
Flipboard Want an example of how far women have come in America? On college varsity teams, there are now five times as many women as there were in Because a law was passed in called Title IX, stating that any school that receives federal funds cannot discriminate in any area based on gender.
So what's the problem? As 60 Minutes first reported last winter, some male athletes on college campuses say they're losing out to women by the way Title IX is being enforced. That's why a group of college coaches filed a lawsuit against the government, claiming sexual discrimination against men.
Correspondent Bob Simon reports. These are the daughters of the Title IX revolution: Young women running and swimming their way through college, often with the help of athletic scholarships. Like generations of male athletes before them, many have turned pro, like the members of the U.
Title IX helped Foudy get a scholarship, which she says is the reason that she is a professional athlete today. The government told the schools that the only surefire way to abide by Title IX was to achieve what's called proportionality.
That means that if half the student body is female, half the athletes should be as well. So if a college has too many male athletes, it can do one of two things. It can either add more women's teams — which often require a lot of money.
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Or cut back on the number of men. Colleges have cut hundreds of wrestling teams, along with dozens of men's gymnastics, tennis and track and field teams.
Men's swimming is also taking a bath. Remember Olympic gold medallist Greg Louganis? He polished his art on the University of Miami's championship swimming and diving team.
That team no longer exists. These wrestlers and gymnasts all had their teams eliminated: Now there are 20 teams left. However, women who defend Title IX claim that if colleges only spent a little less on football, they could have all the wrestlers they wanted.
And they're not cutting that team because of Title IX. But where does that leave five foot five gymnast Jason Lewis? They don't make football uniforms his size. If you want to see what it's like when Title IX requirements are met in full, look at the University of Maryland.
They've got just the right number of men and women on their teams.
And Maryland has a championship basketball team. What you probably don't know it also has one of the best women's lacrosse teams in the country.
They just want to be there.In , the year before Title IX became law, fewer than , girls participated in high school sports, about one in Today, the number approaches 3 million, or approximately one in 2½. 40 Years On, Title IX Still Shapes Female Athletes The landmark Title IX changed the face of women's sports, becoming the most recognizable part of the federal legislation signed into law on June.
40 Years On, Title IX Still Shapes Female Athletes The landmark Title IX changed the face of women's sports, becoming the most recognizable part of the federal legislation signed into law on June.
still not level for girls. Girls are twice as likely to be inactive as boys, and female students have Athletes.
athletes is still a fact of life” (Koller, , p. ). Koller also argues that this second-class treatment is at least part of the reason that high school girls do not join or continue in school. Title IX, for all its importance, is still an imperfect piece of legislation because it doesn’t persuade colleges or audiences to value women’s sports. As I’ve written before, women’s sports bring in fewer viewers and less money because sports fans aren’t given the same opportunities to invest in them. Title IX opened the door for generations of female athletes, such as Mia Hamm. The Founding Mothers of Title IX were just looking for a more level playing field in academics.
Title IX also requires equal Title IX does not require that each men’s and women’s team receive exactly the same services High School Athletics.
And, the story noted, the effect of Title IX was not limited to elite college athletes or to public school students who also fell under the regulation’s purview. During that four-year span when Title IX was not in effect for athletic departments, NCAA schools still dropped 53 wrestling programs, an average of a year.