Title IX Marks 50 Years of Gains and Goals for Gender Equity in Education

The celebration marking half a century of one of the country’s most consequential engines of gender equity comes at a pivotal moment for girls and women in education.By Lauren Camera|June 22, 2022, at 5:01 p.m.SaveMore

U.S. News & World Report

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According to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, women accounted for nearly 60% of all college students by the end of the 2020-21 academic year.(GETTY IMAGES)

When Bernice Sandler, armed with a doctorate degree in counseling and already teaching part-time at the University of Maryland, asked why the hiring committee in her department kept rejecting her applications for full-time positions, she was told that she “comes on too strong for a woman” and was dismissed as “just a housewife who went back to school.”

It was 1969 and a year earlier President Lyndon B. Johnson had amended an executive order that prohibited federal contractors from discriminating based on race, color, religion and national origin to also include gender – an added protection that Sandler, in the years that followed, would use to file sex discrimination charges against 250 colleges and universities and eventually a class-action lawsuit against all schools in the United States.

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