Athletics

Title IX has been successful in expanding women’s access to athletic programs at the high school and collegiate levels.

Key Findings

  1. Titile IX has increased femaie participation in sports exponentially. In response to greater opportunities to play, the number of high school girls participating in sports has risen tenfold in the past 40 years, while six times as many women compete in college sports.
  2. Huge gains in the number if female athletes demonstrate the key principle underlying the legislation: Women and girls have an equal interest in sports and deserve equal opportunities to participate.
  3. Participation in sports confers both immediate and long-term benefits: Femaie athletes do better in school, and are less likely to engage in risky behavior, and are healthier than girls and women who do not participate in sports.
  4. Attacks on Title IX often spring from misconceptions on how the law works. Courts have consistently upheld the validity of the law.
  5. Despite many gains over the past 40 years, bariers remain to participation in sports for girls and women. Greater enforcement of the law be the federal and state governments, self-policing of compliance by schools, and passage of the High School Athletics Transparency Bills will help bring about greater equity.

Key Findings from the National Coalition for Women and Girls in Education (NCWGE) article: Title IX at 40: Working to Ensure Gender Equity in Education

Male and Female Participation in High School Athletics

The Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Athletics:

Jennifer Seidel Mercurio
(321) 674-8931
jmercurio@fit.edu