A closer look at Title IX: The pros and the cons

December 21, 2010

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In early November, the National Women’s Law Center filed a complaint against Chicago Public Schools, saying CPS was in violation of Title IX. That’s the 1972 federal law prohibiting sexual discrimination in federally funded education programs. According to the complaint, the disparity between the number of female students and the number of female athletes is 33 percent. We recently presented two opposing viewpoints on the effectiveness of the law. Angelina Williams was a two-time all-state basketball player at George Washington High School. She then went on to have a great career with the Illini, in the WNBA and in Europe. She told "Eight Forty-Eight" how Title IX made a positive difference in her life. The alternative view came from Professor Richard Epstein of the University of Chicago Law School who argued that a law designed to level the playing field has actually resulted in inequity

There’s been a 940 percent increase in women's sports participation since the 1972 passing of a federal law prohibiting sexual discrimination against female athletes in federally funding schools. Under the National Women’s Law Center's suit, Chicago Public Schools are allegedly the worst offenders. Under the law, sporting opportunities for girls should be proportionate to their overall enrollment in the school.