The time period of the sixties and seventies was a very hard time for many women in this country. By this time many civil rights acts had been passed but not one that stopped discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving federal aid on the basis of sex. Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 is the landmark legislation that bans sex discrimination in schools, whether it be in academics or athletics. Title IX states, "No person in the U.S. shall, on the basis of sex be excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving federal aid." This basically means that women can no longer be discriminated against when applying for a school or an athletic team. Universities today are required to give women the same equal opportunities that men have. Title IX does not only deal with education, it deals with athletics also. Schools across the nation are required to have equal amounts of money for scholarships for both women and men. One example is the reason why the University of Alabama does not have a men’s soccer team. A great amount of money goes to the football program so it would be unethical to also send money to another men’s sport without giving some to women’s athletics.
I believe that Title IX is a beneficiary establishment because it upholds the most basic American belief that everyone is created equal. Without Title IX it would be much harder for women to get in to certain schools and compete in athletics. “Since the 1972 conception of Title IX of the Education Amendments, the number of women participating in intercollegiate athletics has increased five-fold, from fewer than 30,000, to more 150,000 in 2001” (Graff). I believe that this increase in women’s athletics is very good for our country. It shows that women can get out there and play just as hard as the boys.
Title IX does not only benefit women, it benefits men...