In 1972, a law was enacted to help prevent gender discrimination in the United States educational athletic system. This law, known commonly as Title IX, gives each gender equal rights to educational programs, activities, and federal financial assistance. Before Title IX of the Education Amendment was signed in 1972, there were roughly 310,000 women and girls playing sports in colleges and high schools throughout the nation. Thanks to the law, there are currently over three million women and girls playing interscholastic sports today, a number that continues to grow each year. The benefits due to the passage of that law, especially for interscholastic sports in general, have been immense but unfortunately, Title IX is often easily misunderstood.
The infographic below, created by Ohio University’s Online Masters in Athletic Administration program, takes a closer look at Title IX to educate and inform those who many not be familiar with this often misunderstood law.