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Title IX is a bitch

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Title IX Equality? Philip Kada In 1972 under the presidential leadership of Jimmy Carter, Patsy Mink a congresswoman proposed a law called Title IX. This law when enacted would create an equal ratio of male and female athletes in government funded athletic programs. The exact law is only 37 words long and reads, “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of gender, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” Since then the law has been beneficial in institutions providing equality and opportunity for boys and girls in education and athletics but also has created controversy. The most common problem with Title IX is that large NCAA division 1 schools “cut” smaller sports such as track, cross country, archery, and gymnastics so that they can have larger football team rosters. Recently, local university JMU had cut 9 men’s and women’s teams to support a larger
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Unformatted text preview: football team and appropriate more funding for that program. This action of dropping the large number of teams was an unexpected act committed by the school. In turn one male runner I know named Nick Oltman lost his scholarship and was determined to find a new school to run for, and transferred to the University of Mary Washington. The law, Title IX has also affected our school as well. Since Longwood like most colleges have more women than men the rule is that there has to be about a ratio of 4 women to 3 men on athletic teams. Three girls early in our season had quit the team and as a result our coach had to cut two men. This was a devastating blow to our team and its moral which we felt was unneeded. Patsy Mink had good intentions when she projected the Title IX law to create equality where it was not present before but it has devastated some people’s lives and dreams in some cases....
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