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Before the landmark Title IX legislation was enacted, it was common that high schools offered five or fewer girls competitive sports. Today, each Glenbard District 87 high school provides at least 14 sports for female students and multiple levels of these sports.
Title IX is the federal law passed in 1972 that protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance. We join others across the country in celebrating the 50th anniversary of this important legislation.
Let’s take a closer look at the impact of equitable access for all students:
Benefits of Athletics and Activities
According to the Women’s Sports Foundation, before Title IX, one in 27 girls played sports. Today that number is two in five. Among the numerous benefits for all students to participate in sports and other extracurricular activities are:
Success from Athletics to Careers
Title IX’s focus on equity in education and equity in athletics changed the lives of female athletes. It’s interesting to note that there is a high correlation between women who were student-athletes and business success, and a leading factor is sports increase females’ confidence.
The heart of Title IX is its efforts to create gender equitable schools. Males and females are expected to receive fair treatment in all areas of public schooling. We do a tremendous job with this in D87. The goal of equity for all students is integrated into our practices. We are committed to our students being affirmed, treated fairly, impartially and non-judgmentally. We prioritize cultivating a culture of inclusion, belonging and high achievement for every student.
It is affirming to see celebrations of the 50th anniversary of Title IX across the country. We owe a debt of gratitude to those who championed this effort more than 50 years ago.
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