Happy 42nd birthday to Title IX!

Happy 42nd birthday to Title IX! The landmark U.S. civil rights law which prohibits gender discrimination in any educational program or activity became law today in 1972. Due to this far-reaching legislation, girls and women have equal access to higher education, are legally protected at school from sexual harassment, and have greater professional opportunities in academia. And, of course, the Act is especially famous for its transformative effect on girls’ and women’s athletics.

The U.S. has among the highest levels of participation of girls in sports in the world and that fact is largely due to this little known, but hugely significant law. According to the Women’s Sports Foundation, girls’ and women’s participation in sports in the US has increased by 990% in high schools and by 560% at the college level since its passage.

Thanks to all of the activists and politicians who championed the passage of Title IX! And, special thanks to former US Congresswoman Patsy Mink, one of Title IX’s principal authors and the driving force behind its passage; in 2002, the Act was renamed the Patsy T. Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act in her honor. Thanks to all of their hard work and dedication, girls and women in the US have had greater access to everything from higher education to sports programs for the past four decades!

For an excellent resource for teaching tweens and teens about the history of Title IX and its impact on girls’ lives, we highly recommend “Let Me Play: The Story of Title IX: The Law That Changed the Future of Girls in America” for ages 11 and up at http://www.amightygirl.com/let-me-play

For a great film to show young viewers what life was life for female athletes before the passage of Title IX, check out “Believe in Me” at http://www.amightygirl.com/believe-in-me (ages 7 and up)

To celebrate the engagement of girls and women and sports, you can share the stories of female sporting greats found in our “Sports & Games” section at http://www.amightygirl.com/books/general-interest/sports-games

You can also encourage your own Mighty Girl’s participation in sports with the games and gear in our “Outdoor Play” section at http://www.amightygirl.com/toys/outdoor-play

And, if your Mighty Girl is an athlete, you can find girl-empowering t-shirts that show off her love of sports in our “Sports & Hobbies” clothing section at http://www.amightygirl.com/clothing?clothing_themes=145

Thanks to the National Women’s Law Center for this tribute to Title IX!



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College Guide for Current and Prospective LGBT Students

Aspiring college students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) face a unique set of challenges when looking at schools. Recent studies indicate that 3.5% of adults in the U.S. identify as LGBT. This small but important subset of the population, roughly equivalent to the population of New Jersey, must consider a school’s inclusion efforts, as well as their safety and support provisions for LGBT students.

Among this 3.5% are college-aged young people who may identify across a fluid spectrum of sexual identities. LGBT is often expanded to LGBTQIA to include four additional self-identifying terms — queer, intersex, asexual and ally. Since LGBT remains the most common parlance of gender equality groups on U.S. campuses, we’ll use the four-letter original in this guide.

Fortunately, many schools have adopted a culture of awareness and respect for the LGBT community. Many others have active, vocal LGBT advocacy programs on campus, and some even offer LGBT studies and housing. The following guide should get you started on your search for a comfortable school environment.

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ACLU sues 7 New Jersey districts alleging student enrollment ID requirements discriminate against immigrants

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey has filed lawsuits against seven New Jersey school districts, alleging that the districts are discriminating against families on the basis of their immigration status. Continue reading…


New York district settles Title IX suit, agrees to build softball facility

The Batavia City School District has settled a Title IX suit brought on behalf of softball players alleging that the district provided girls with substandard playing fields. Continue reading…


Cyberbullying Law Challenged in Court

New York’s high court on Thursday will consider one of the first legal challenges to state and local laws that make it a crime for people to bully others online, especially children.

The 2010 Albany County law, one of more than a dozen around the country that criminalize cyberbullying, pits free-speech advocates against a community that has given prosecutors a larger role in affairs that typically had been handled by schools.

The court’s ruling could set the tone for other state high courts hearing challenges to such laws, as well as for states and localities considering criminal penalties for cyberbullying, legal experts said. Besides Albany, four other New York counties and more than a dozen states, including Louisiana and North Carolina, have similar laws.

A wave of states passed cyberbullying laws after the 2006 death of 13-year-old Megan Meier in Dardenne Prairie, Mo. She committed suicide after a neighbor pretending to be a teenage boy on Myspace sent her cruel messages.


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