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Fall 2002

Volume 32
Number 1

30 Years of Title IX



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30 Years of Title IX


A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll conducted in June 2000, found that seventy-nine percent of Americans surveyed supported Title IX, regardless of sex or political affiliation. Seventy-six percent of respondants approved of Title IX, even when it meant limiting men's opportunities to give women equal opportunity.

Bernice R. "Bunny" Sandler ran the Program on the Status & Education of Women here at the Association of American Colleges & Universities for twenty years, during which she began On Campus with Women. Sandler was the driving force behind the creation of Title IX thirty years ago, and she has spent her career tirelessly raising awareness of sex discrimination on campus and campaigning for gender equity. In our feature article, Sandler describes the dramatic and tedious organizing that led to the creation of Title IX thirty years ago.

The thirtieth anniversary year of Title IX was also a year of mourning for a Title IX champion, Congresswoman Patsy Mink, who died in September. Also in this anniversary year, President Bush appointed the Commission on Opportunity in Athletics to review and assess this portion of Title IX.

This issue of On Campus with Women assesses the dramatic gains made by women in higher education, as well as the unfinished business of gender equity that still remains.

National Initiative for Women in Higher Education

The National Initiative advances research, analysis, and collective action to achieve gender equity in higher education and engage women's leadership to create diverse, democratic educational institutions. In this issue Judith White, Chair of the National Initiative writes Equal Footing: What Would that Mean, where she concludes that although our footing is not yet equal, there are many encouraging signs that we are making progress at getting there together.


"No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance."


FEATURED TOPIC


In 1969 Bunny Sandler was not considered for a teaching position at the University of Maryland because she came "on too strong for a woman." That rejection changed the lives of millions of women and girls because it triggered a series of events that led to the passage of Title IX.

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GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE


The second biennial Arab Women's Summit was held in Amman, Jordan on November 3-4, 2002. Over 1500 participants gathered in Jordan's Palace of Culture to attend the Summit that was hosted by Jordan's thirty-two year-old Queen Rania.
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