40th Anniversary of Title IX
9 Reasons to Support Title IX
- In 1972, 90% of coaches, coaching women's teams were women. (8)
- Only 18.6% of athletic directors of women's programs are female (7)
- Women earn more than 50% of the associate's, bachelor's, and master's degrees awarded but still lag behind men at the doctoral level, earning just 39% of doctoral degrees. (6)
- In 1995, women made up 37% of athletics in college, compared to 15% in 1972 (5)
- In 2004, 44.1% of coaches, coaching women's teams were women (4)
- The Department of Education quietly issued a clarification to Title IX that would allow schools to survey their female students by e-mail, and to interpret a lack of response as a lack of sufficient interest in sports -- and thus permission to curb women's sports funding (3)
- In August of 2006 after a two-year negotiation, Prince George's County (MD) schools agree to improve softball fields that had no fencing, bleachers, dugouts or scoreboards and to address long-term inequities in the girls' athletic program county-wide. USA Today called this agreement "a model for the nation."
- In 2006, there were 8,702 Varsity women's intercollegiate NCAA teams; in 1972, the average number of women's teams at the college level was 2.5 (1,2)
- In September of 2006 the James Madison University's board of visitors announced the University's plan to address Title IX compliance by cutting 10 sport programs (7 men's and 3 women's) from its 28-sport offering. University officials claimed that a shift to a more female-dominant student body dictated the cuts.
4-8: Linda Carpenter and R. Vivian Acosta (206). Women in Intercollegiate Sport: A Longitudinal Study - Twenty - Nine year update (1972-2006).
Women's Sports Foundation: www.womenssportsfoundation.org
The Washington Post - April 2, 2005