Title IX has had a beneficial effect on high school and college athletics and should be continued because of it positive moral values that is implemented on young women. Since signed in 1972 Title IX has had a very positive effect on women in school related sports. Title IX was passed by the federal government to prevent gender discrimination at educations institutions in both high school and college sports. Title IX is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education. It requires schools receiving federal funds to give women and girls an equal chance to play sports. Since passed in 1972, Title IX has evened the playing field between boys and girls in high school and college athletics. Before Title IX, only one in 27 girls played varsity high school sports. Today that figure is one in 2.5, for a total of 2.8 million girls now playing high school sports. In comparison, 32,000 women athletes played on intercollegiate teams prior to Title IX, compared with 150,000 today. Athletic scholarships for women were virtually non-existent prior to Title IX, but in 1997, there were more than 10,000 scholarships for women athletes. While women's participation in athletics has grown steadily over the past 30 years, women athletes continue to get fewer teams, fewer scholarships and lower budgets than their male counterparts. For every $1 spent on women's athletics, $3 is spent on men's programs. Some might not believe that equality in sports is such a large issue. But when sports are foundations of young peoples lives in no way is it acceptable to discriminate because of ones gender. It is not acceptable to claim that one gender is superior to another no matter how small a situation. When girls and women are not treated equally in sport, they lose the opportunity to receive the many psychological and physical benefits from being physically active. Title IX applies to sports, among other educational activities. It also requires schools to treat men and women equally when it comes to athletic scholarships and other benefits like equipment, coaching and facilities. By providing that important base of equality early in age women can see that they have equal opportunities in the job field. In 1972, the year Title IX was signed, women earned just seven percent of all law degrees. By 1997, they received 44 percent. Five years after Title IX was signed, women earned only nine percent of all medical degrees. By 1997, they received 41 percent of medical degrees. In 1977, only a quarter of all doctoral degrees went to women. Twenty years later, women earned 41 percent of all Ph.D.s. In 1971, 18 percent of female high school graduates were completing at least four years of college compared to 26 percent of their male peers. Today, that education gap no longer exists. Women now make up the majority of students in America's colleges and universities in addition to making up the majority of those receiving master's degrees. Women are also entering business and law schools, when in the past it was un heard of. In conclusion, it is evident of the good that has come of Title IX, we have not yet reached equality amongst genders but Title IX has created stepping stones that are leading us down that right path.
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