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Decades after Title IX, young women face tough battles on and off the sports field

April 11, 2022


It’s been nearly 50 years since the passage of Title IX, the landmark civil rights law prohibiting sex-based discrimination at federally funded schools, including in athletic programs. But violations still exist, with schools often providing better opportunities and benefits for young men’s sports. Amna Nawaz takes a look at one San Diego-area high school team that fought to settle the score.

Five Facts

  • What is Title IX and what rules does it set?
  • When did title IX first become law?
  • How has Title IX transformed women’s sports?
  • Why do unequal resources for sports continue to exist despite Title IX?
  • What are some of the suggestions in this piece for ways to level the playing field with regards to support for sports?

Focus Questions

How does Title IX impact your own school and available resources? If you don’t know, do you know where you can find out?

Media literacy: Why do you think the producers chose to focus on just one school to represent some of the current battles for equal resources under Title IX?

For More

For more on the push for equal treatment for women’s sports, see this story:

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