Should the Federal Government amend Title IX?
In September of 2007, James Madison University officials decided to cut 10 of the 28 varsity sports that they offer. Seven men’s sports that were cut include archery, cross-country, gymnastics, indoor track, swimming and wrestling. Three women’s sports that were cut include archery, fencing, and gymnastics.(Brainard, 2007) Instances such as this example are happening more each and every day at more and more public universities. The young athletes participating in these activities have a desire for the game or sport they participate in. They are recruited by the university and asked to represent the school in a positive manner.
Over the years, the United States has made laws to make sure that there are equal and fair opportunities for both males and females within federal funded institutions. In 1972, congress put in place a law that would enforce gender equality in colleges and high schools throughout the country. The law is now known today as Title IX. Title IX reads “No person in the United States 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 funding.” If it was not for this law, women’s sports would not be so visible or widespread today. This law has done so much for women in general and women athletes in particular since 1972. But in more recent years Title IX has come under criticism because of the perception that it is negatively impacting long established men’s sports. Such criticism and controversies over Title IX give rise to the following important question: Should the federal government amend Title IX?
Those who call for Title IX to be amended cite many statistics show that Title IX has in, reality, cut more men’s sports rather than has helped or added women’s sports. More than 400 men’s athletic teams have been cut since the implementation of... [continues]
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