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Faces of Title IX
40th Anniversary of Title IX: The Next Generation

As the Faces of Title IX stories show, women and girls have come a long way since the enactment of Title IX -- the federal civil rights law that prohibits sex discrimination in education. Still, far too many students are denied equal educational opportunities. The National Women’s Law Center works to eliminate and prevent barriers to students' success in school. Although Title IX is best known for breaking down barriers in sports for women and girls, it also opens the door for girls to pursue math and science, requires fair treatment for pregnant and parenting students, and protects students from bullying and sexual harassment, among other things.

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A Pregnancy Test for Schools
A Pregnancy Test For Schools: The Impact of Education Laws on Pregnant and Parenting Students

Parenthood is not the end of the road for teen moms. Quite to the contrary, motherhood can serve as an educational motivator for many young women. Unfortunately, educational barriers and discrimination often thwart this drive and determination. Despite Title IX's prohibition against sex discrimination, there are schools across the country that continue to bar pregnant and parenting students from activities, kick them out of school, pressure them to attend alternative programs, and penalize them for pregnancy-related absences. Read the report, A Pregnancy Test For Schools: The Impact of Education Laws on Pregnant and Parenting Students.

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Title IX at 40: Working to Ensure Gender Equity in Education

You've heard about Title IX and athletics, but Title IX is about much more! In honor of the 40th anniversary of the law's passage, the National Coalition for Women and Girls in Education published a comprehensive report to help give educators, parents, students, and lawmakers a better understanding of Title IX's impact and challenges that remain in many areas of education, in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, Career and Technical Education, Bullying and Sexual Harassment, Single-Sex Education, Pregnant and Parenting Students and Athletics.

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Ledbetter Fair Pay Act Signing
Obama Signs Equal-Pay Legislation

President Obama signed his first bill into law on January 29, 2009 approving the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, a law named for Ms. Ledbetter, fourth from left, an Alabama woman who at the end of a 19-year career as a supervisor in a tire factory complained that she had been paid less than men. 

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Celebrate the 23rd National Girls & Women in Sports Day

National Girls & Women in Sports Day began in 1987 as a day to remember Olympic Volleyball player Flo Hyman for her athletic achievements and her work to assure equality for women's sports.  Events are conducted around the country and on Capitol Hill throughout the month to celebrate the athletic achievements of girls and women and to promote the continued expansion of opportunities for girls to play sports and live physically active lives.

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Arizona Rape Case Settled

Landmark rape case at Arizona State settled with plaintiff awarded $850,000 and the Ariizona University system to establish a women's safety czar for all three major campusus.

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Pregnant and Parenting Students Sue Southern California School District for Being Forced into Substandard Education Programs

In September 2004, a lawsuit was filed in Southern California on behalf of pregnant and parenting students against Antelope Valley Union High School District and the Los Angeles County Office of Education.

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V is for Victory. So is IX!

The WSF launched an online version of a new advocacy campaign that aims at teaching parents about their daughters' rights in sports. Check it out at

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New Rochelle Loose Cannons

The New Rochelle Loose Cannons are one of the top teams in the Westchester Women's Soccer League (WWSL). Over five years old, the league is competitive but demands good sportsmanship from all participants and represents skill levels ranging from D1 college to lifelong athletes. Captain Lucille said, "Without Title IX there would be no league.  Without Title IX we wouldn't still be calling ourselves athletes.  Without Title wouldn't be as full."

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Supreme Court Decision Protects Remedies for Gender Discrimination in Public Schools

When Congress passed Title IX it intended to create a new statutory remedy that would supplement, not replace, Constitutional and other legal protections against sex discrimination.

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