What Do You Have to Say on Title IX?

By Sean Wagman on
June 22, 2012

Title IX is more than just sports. It’s something that we at EMILY’s List have long understood. We know that Title IX has provided many women and girls across the country invaluable leadership lessons.

Throughout the week, we have shared how Title IX has impacted us. From hearing which EMILY’s List women were great athletes to how EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock translated her experiences on the field to the world of politics.

And earlier this week, we asked how Title IX impacted you. Here are a few of the responses we got. Thanks to everyone who submitted.

Angela: “Because of Title IX, I was able to play soccer on the boy's team in high school (since there was no girl's team yet). I lettered in soccer and went on to play in college. This is all in spite of the fact the local paper would not print the scores, as they told us "because nobody can take it seriously when girls are allowed to play with boys." Today I coach boys' teams- lol. So grateful for Title IX!!!”

Cynthia: “In the 7th grade, back [around] 1981, only the boys were allowed to take wood working and metal shop. The girls had to take sewing and home economics. I knew this was grossly unfair and began to ask everyone I could what allowed this to occur. A kind librarian informed me of Title IX and I wrote a letter to the principal asserting my rights and demanding to be let into those two classes. I was the first girl to attend both in the history of our junior high school and many more followed. Praise be to our civil rights and acts such as Title IX that has paved the way for equal opportunity and access. It's still a battle today but the road ahead is at least visible in the fog.”

Dagmar: “I was among the first women at my high school to be awarded a letter for sports (it was in swimming). When we wore our letter sweaters to school for the first time, all the boys wore theirs inside-out in protest. When I graduated, I had more letters and medals than most of the boys. After that experience, I knew I could accomplish anything -- given the opportunity.”

Lisa: “Back in 1968, when I was a promising gymnast in middle school, I was given the opportunity to work out with the high school team. I was looking forward to statewide competition, but when I got to high school I discovered that the coach had left to coach at Washington State, and the gymnastic equipment was put away in a closet. That was the end of that. No one protested, or sought another coach. No parents inquired about it. It was just the end of the program and my hopes and dreams. Both of my daughters were lucky enough to compete in premier high school athletic programs because of Title IX. One daughter went on to play college volleyball.”



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