Accomplishment No. 18: Standing up for Title IX
As we celebrate the Olympics this year it's important to remember the landmark legislation that prohibits sex discrimination in education programs and activities that receive federal funds. So, too, is it important to remember the administration that has stood up for the law that has helped increase opportunities for women and girls.
Prior to Title IX, fewer than 300,000 girls competed in high school sports; now there are over 3 million. But it's about more than just sports. As tennis legend Billie Jean King recently noted:
Before Title IX, there were five percent quotas for girls who wanted to be doctors. But now, it’s actually reversed. Fifty-four percent of the enrollment in higher education is women. Eighty-two percent of female business executives played sports, with the majority saying that lessons learned on the playing field contributed to their success.
President Obama believes in opportunity for all, that's what makes this country so great. And defending that, standing up for what's right every day is something his administration fights for every day.
Watch and share the video below celebrating Title IX turning 40 this year—and get more on the power women will have this November.
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