of the WEEA Equity Resource Centerís
with the Experts
"Gender Equity Now:
Celebrating 30 Years of Title IX"
May 20-31, 2002
highlights from a lively two-week discussion on EdEquity,
the WEEA Centerís international electronic discussion group. The over
800 subscribers to the list include educators, administrators, equity
practitioners, advocates, parents, policymakers, counselors, and others
interested in ongoing peer exchanges and professional development.
In this thought-provoking and informative dialogue, nine distinguished
gender equity experts from around the country shared their reflections
on the changes that have occurred as a result of Title IX of the Education
Amendments of 1972. Dialogue participants also outlined the major
challenges that remain to achieving gender equity.
The participants detailed numerous reasons to celebrate the
30th anniversary of this landmark legislation. For example, one panelist
I think about
the equalizing of educator salaries, the desegregation of most classes
and schools on the basis of sex, the increase in athletic and other
extra-curricular opportunities for all students. I also think about
the dramatic changes in post-secondary educational opportunities
and degree attainment for females. Title IX has contributed to changes
in our workforce, our families, our communities and our government.
the importance of the law this way: "The major impact of Title
IX has been in expanding options and changing attitudes and expectations
related to gender roles in our society."
However, the participants agreed that even as we celebrate
these achievements, we must be aware that much work needs to be done
to reach the goal of equity. One panelist offered this view of the
students she encounters:
In a way, the
students I work with are like the youngest daughter of Title IX
legislation. The girls are not shy to say they will be astronauts,
veterinarians, pediatric oncologists, and vets at the zoo or at
Sea World. However, I sense a quiet, persistent theme in working
with these students. There is still a sense of limited expectations.
Gender equity is often marginalized and not well linked to diversity.
some examples of how gender inequities are manifested today: persistent
sex segregation in vocational training programs, with girls and women
clustered in programs that are traditional for their sex and that
lead to low-wage jobs; colleges and universities continue to spend
the lionís share of athletics money on menís programming; pervasive
sexual harassment faced by female students in our nationís schools;
and lower participation of women and girls in technology than men
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