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Leveling the Playing Field


Laura Dunn Signed into law by then-President Richard Nixon on June 23, 1972, Title IX would serve as protection from discrimination for women in higher ed. “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.”

Title IX has remained a mainstay in higher ed for 50 years but has evolved from courts interpreting it to cover sexual harassment and sexual violence to changes made by the Obama and Trump administrations as to what is required of schools under the law to protect students from sexual misconduct.

“We’ve made some great progress,” says Kimberly J. Robinson, Elizabeth D. and Richard A. Merrill Professor of Law at the University of Virginia. “And we still have a ways to travel to get to equality under Title IX. We’ve made great progress in the sense that we came from a time where girls and women were either shut out of education or really discouraged from pursuing a variety of fields and were encouraged to pursue homemaking or something such as … administrative assistants.”

There remain important strides to […]

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