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Howard 1 Hunter Howard Professor Baland English 1302-08 April 19, 2007 Gender Equity in Sports Imagine that you’re an athlete and you love to play sports or maybe you are even an artist that loves to paint or draw. There could be a number of things you have a passion to do. As an American you are given this right of freedom to choose what you want to like or pursue, no matter your race, gender, size, shape, or beliefs. Now with hearing all of this and knowing what America is born upon wouldn’t you want this to apply to everyone, since everyone is equal? Women are still not being treated with the same equity in college sports as they should be when it comes to comparing them to men. We all know that yes men’s collegiate sports are what the schools thrive on, but women should have the same equal opportunity. There was a law that thought upon and was passed in 1972 to change sex discrimination of women in collegiate sports. This amendment was given the name Title IX, an Educational Amendment passed on June 23, 1972, and is a thirty-seven worded document. This document reads as written: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial
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Howard 2 assistance.” The amendment is also known as the Patsy T. Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act since she is the one who put together is wonderful piece of work. The reason behind Title IX is to allow women to have the same benefits and opportunities as men in the high school areas and in the collegiate areas. The law does not state directly that this applies to sports. Instead the author of the amendment did a great job of situating her words to cover every area of the problem. Title IX is believed to get more attention and use from the women’s sports side but still covers a vast range of opportunities. The biggest threat of problem is women’s collegiate sports. When Title IX became a federal law in the United States it opened up not only some eyes but caused some problems. The biggest problems that the law caused were for men in college sports. The Men were taking the blow for the law. They were forced to cut down on there recruiting, cut down on the number of players on a roster. Providence College was one of the schools to take quick actions to the law. The university dropped three men’s programs right off the bat to reason with the new decision of the gender-equity law. One sports columnist for Providence, who’s name is unstated, wrote, “How crazy is it that, in order to create athletic opportunities for women, Providence College has had to take athletic opportunities away from men?”(Monaghan 595). The intent of the law was not to take teams away from men but just to make the numbers
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This note was uploaded on 05/05/2008 for the course ENGL 1302 taught by Professor Baland during the Spring '07 term at East Texas Baptist University.

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