Title IX has become very beneficial for the advancement of women's rights and equal opportunities, though still may need more work.
The objective of Title IX is to avoid the use of federal money to support education programs that incorporate sexual disrimination. Some examples of what Title IX includes is sexual harassment, college and university admissions, scholarship programs, employment disrimination, sports programs, etc. It came about because during the 1960’s and 1970’s, disrimination in schools was becoming a major public policy concern. The workforce was hiring more women than ever before, yet they still earned less money than men did for the same amount and type of work. As a result of this increasing concern among women and others, some lawsuits against colleges, universities and the federal government sprouted up. A year before Title IX was approved, Senator Bayh brought up an excellent point:
The field of education is just one of many areas where differential treatment [between men and women] has been documented but because education provides access to jobs and financial security, discrimination here is doubly destructive for women. Therefore, a strong and comprehensive measure is needed to provide women with solid legal protection from the persistent, pernicious discrimination which is serving to perpetuate second-class citizenship for American women.
This issue became more noticeable in the public eye, so the governement had to do something about it.
Once Title IX was passed, the following are some of the general topics that it covered for womens equality: employment discrimination, federal housing, comparagle facilities, financial assistance, health and insurance benefits and services, marital or parental status, athletics, textbooks and curricular material and sexual harassment.
I feel it was appropriate for the times of today and before for this issue, addressed in Title IX, to be handled. With the trends of American government going towards equality, it seems only fair that women hop on this train as well. Sexual discrimination is not fair, nor equal. Women are born the same as men, and thus should be treated as equal human beings. Women get payed less for the same job as men, according to USA Today, women earn 75.5 cents for every dollar a man earns. That is nearly 25%! For every dollar a man earns to the cents a women earns has been on the increase for years now; though, it was in 2002, which is discouraging.
Title IX concludes that interscholastic, intercollegiate, club or intramural althletics must provide equal opportunity for both sexes to participate in the sport or to provide separate teams (based on competitive skill or activity that is a contact sport) of equal funding. Contact sports are the exception here, so according to Title IX, it is okay for women to be unincluded. I feel this is inappropriate. If a woman wants to play football, then by all means…she should be able to! There is nothing that says a woman is not physically able to play contact sports, nothing in the constitution, either.
On the other hand, some colleges and universities felt Title IX was unfair in certain respects. They felt the funding for women’s sports, when Title IX was first founded, would promote discrimination through the financial burdens that their sports programs would take. Also, these institutions pointed out that the new sports would require money that would strain their budget. I find that these reasons are just scapegoats for the organizations, so that they don’t have to abide by the law and its purposes.
I find it interesting that most everyone agrees that there should be no racial discrimination, though I do not find the same support for sexual discrimination. I find it hard to believe that there is much difference in the two. In some respects, it seems as though America (or even the world) does not care as much about women. Some people may not realize that they hold this world up just as much as the men do. For example, it took until 1920 and the 19th amendment for women to be able to even vote. Almost all the rest of America could vote before women could. This is proof that in the past and present, women aren’t seen as an important or crucial part of society. I feel as though more awareness needs to be given to America in general, especially those who are in charge of businesses that women are employed in.
One part of Title IX that I think has given some of America something to boast and push about is the equality of education, in some respects. For example, I feel it is inapproprate for colleges to have a certain percentage of races or genders that they must allow in for admissions. I feel that schools should not even consider gender or race in their decision; it should be removed from sight or even the application. Admissions to colleges, or similar institutions, should be based solely on academics and activities. I do not feel it is appropriate to allow certain students in who may not be as smart, just because they are male, female, black, white, Spanish, Asian, etc. It would be fairer for colleges to admit those who are the best academically qualified, since that is what college is for – academics.
Overall, I think that Title IX has been quite beneficial and will continue to bring equality for women and other similar groups.
It seems that you have read up this topic a fair amount but your paper is almost all facts. You aren't arguing a point. You need to have a thesis that states what you are arguing (your title is a great start). Don't say things like "it seems as though America (or even the world) does not care as much about women" as it only discredits you as author. That is a sentence that isn't really supportable and thus is just a spot for unending debate. If you are lucky you might get half of your readers to agree with you on that point (all the women). I think what you ment to say is something like "American men do not view women as capable counterparts in some professional sectors." Now I don't agree with that either but that is what I think you are saying. Overall, like i said you have great facts, now just add a thesis and make it so those facts are backing up your thesis. I also agree with lightfoot's eval. ~npartist
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