In June 1972, Congress passed a federal civil rights law, Title IX, to prohibit sex discrimination in schools that receive federal funding. In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Title IX, NWLC and our partners in the National Coalition for Women and Girls in Education present Title IX at 50, a report that celebrates the significant progress made toward ending sex discrimination in schools while recognizing that much work remains to be done.

Click here to read the Full Report, Executive Summary, and Introduction.

This report contains nine issue briefs:


Each issue brief contains:

  • Background: an overview of how that particular aspect of sex discrimination affects students in schools
  • Developments Since 1972: a history of relevant legal developments over the last 50 years regarding the issue
  • Recommendations: a range of specific, concrete policy recommendations for education policymakers, including members of Congress, the Department of Education, state lawmakers, and school administrators.


Title IX at 50 is a valuable tool for education policymakers, as well as students, families, and advocates. We hope you will use this report to help make Title IX’s promise of ending sex discrimination in schools a reality for all students.