Posted on June 23, 2009 Issues: Athletics Education & Title IX

For Immediate Release: June 23, 2009
Contact: Adrienne Ammerman or Mary Robbins, 202-588-5180

GENDER EQUALITY IN EDUCATION STILL A CHALLENGE
NWLC Calls for Enhanced Enforcement of Title IX on 37th Anniversary

(Washington, DC) Marcia D. Greenberger, Co-President of the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC), will join advocates for a panel discussion today hosted by the White House Council on Women and Girls to commemorate the 37th anniversary of Title IX, the federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in federally funded education programs. The landmark law has helped to greatly expand opportunities for women and girls, yet challenges to the law and weak enforcement continue to threaten its effectiveness.

“Since its passage, Title IX has improved the lives of millions of women and girls, putting them on a more equal footing with their male peers on the field and in the classroom,” Greenberger said, “but there’s more work to do.”

Title IX is often associated with gender equity in athletics. But the law also prohibits sex discrimination in the full range of educational areas. For further information on current challenges, view NWLC’s new fact sheet Title IX: A Promise Not Yet Fulfilled, available here: www.nwlc.org/pdf/TitleIXFactsheet.pdf.

“The Department of Education and its Office for Civil Rights have available multiple powerful tools to promote compliance with Title IX, and to help make true gender equity a reality,” said Greenberger. “We look forward to working with Congress and the Administration so that girls and women can receive the educational opportunities they need and deserve.”

To speak with Marcia D. Greenberger contact Adrienne Ammerman or Mary Robbins at (202) 588-5180. For more information on gender equity in education, visit: http://www.nwlc.org/display.cfm?section=education.