Phi Beta Cons

Yesterday Was Title IX’s 36th Birthday

Isn’t it about time for some common-sense reforms to Title IX’s outdated enforcement mechanisms? I certainly think so. That’s why I’m proud to be a lead-signatory of this petition along with Jessica Gavora of the College Sports Council:

WHEREAS … Today, June 23, 2008 marks the 36th anniversary of the passage of Title IX …
WHEREAS … Men’s collegiate athletic teams are being eliminated and rosters are being capped at an alarming rate in order to comply with the “proportionality” enforcement prong …
WHEREAS … Women collegiate athletes are being robbed of their training partners, teammates and biggest supporters when men’s teams are eliminated …
WHEREAS … Straightforward and common-sense fixes to the enforcement mechanism are already available – such as a simple survey that would allow any student, male or female, to express interest and be given opportunity …
WHEREAS … The law’s current method of enforcement is discriminating against male athletes and artificially limiting opportunities to participate …
WHEREAS … The current tenor of the debate over the future of Title IX sets up a zero sum contest pitting men against women that hurts the collective cause of all college athletes …
BE IT RESOLVED … That men and women across the country come together to discuss and implement a set of common sense reforms to Title IX enforcement that maximizes the opportunities of all college athletes regardless of gender.

If you’d like to join us, you can sign the petition here.

Allison Kasic — Allison Kasic is Senior Fellow at the Independent Women's Forum.

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