Title IX Turns 38
Every day the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights works hard to help ensure America's young people are free from discrimination in our nation's schools and colleges. Today (June 23) is an important milestone in our work to protect students: the 38th anniversary of Title IX, the law prohibiting institutions that receive federal financial assistance from discriminating on the basis of sex. Thirty-eight years ago, courageous leaders came together to help pass this landmark legislation that has helped to end sex discrimination in our country.
Secretary Duncan talked about some of the important accomplishments of Title IX since its passage 38 years ago: “In 1972, less than 30,000 female students participated in sports and recreational programs at NCAA member institutions. Thanks largely to Title IX that number has increased six-fold since then -- and at the high school level, the number of girls participating in athletics has increased ten-fold since 1972.”
Indeed, the research is clear -- Title IX's impact has not only been felt on the playing fields, but also in the classrooms of colleges and offices of our nation's workplaces. While we've made some incredible progress providing equal athletic opportunities, we must continue to ensure that students in schools and colleges are protected from discrimination on the basis of their sex on the wide array of issues covered by Title IX. Our collective sense of urgency is great.
Today, as we reflect on the success of Title IX in safeguarding equality, we are reminded that there is more to do. Let us redouble our efforts, and continue to work tirelessly to help fulfill our nation's great promise of equality for all.
NWPC STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT OBAMA’S NOMINATION OF ELENA KAGAN FOR SUPREME COURT JUSTICE
The National Women’s Political Caucus applauds President Obama’s nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. If approved and confirmed, she will fill the seat vacated by retiring Justice Paul Stevens. NWPC President Lulu Flores stated, “Ms. Kagan’s nomination signifies America’s progress toward recognizing the importance of women’s voices on the Supreme Court, the highest court in the nation.”
If confirmed, Ms. Kagan will join Justices Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Sonia Sotomayor, and three female Justices will serve on the Supreme Court at the same time. “Women make up half the population, yet for too long our voices have been under-represented in the halls of our government; we deserve better” President Flores said.
It should be clear, however, that Elena Kagan is not just “any woman.” Kagan has solid legal credentials: she served as the Dean of Harvard Law; was the first woman Solicitor General; is known as a leader and consensus builder. She is an extremely qualified woman deserving of this position.
Working to ensure that women are appointed to top government positions in representative numbers is fundamental to NWPC’s goal of achieving political gender parity by 2020. In the coming months, we will be on the forefront of those advocating for the confirmation of Elena Kagan to the Court.
This Mother’s Day, Help Prevent Cervical Cancer;
Sign the “Pearl Pledge”
Pictured: Susan Scanlan, chair of National Council of Women's Organizations,
and Linda Mitchell, our VP of Communications for NWPC, at the Pearls of Wisdom Luncheon in Seattle.
Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer in women worldwide. Yet it can be prevented, with the Pap test, the HPV test and the HPV vaccine.
The Pearl of Wisdom Campaign to Prevent Cervical Cancer is asking women to participate in their effort to raise awareness of cervical cancer & HPV by signing their “Pearl Pledge.” The campaign’s mission is to “raise awareness of the opportunities now available to prevent cervical cancer” by increasing “awareness of the new means of preventing cervical cancer, encouraging women to take full advantage of these methods, and advocating for the implementation of these tools for girls and women everywhere.” All you have to do is go here and pledge to schedule your yearly gynecologic exam and ask your doctor about the appropriate tests and vaccines (HPV vaccine, Pap test, HPV test), then tell five of your friends about your pledge.