Title IX Breaking Barriers 

                                                     By: Samantha Garza

                                                        Junior Division

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In 1972, a US law transformed the lives of millions of American girls and women. It is called Title IX Title IX is  a federal law. That means it's the law in all states. It bans discrimination based on education. It is just thirty-seven words long. But Title IX guarantees that girls and young women can take part in all public school activities, many of which hadn't been open to them before. Title IX was a law that was passed on June 23, 1972, that was signed by Richard Nixton. Before Title IX was even a law they did not let girls play the sports that they wanted to during school but boys could play the sports that they wanted to. Girls could only do G.A.A. and Cheerleading or if they were to play sports they would have to play them out of school or for a club. Title IX means schools cannot forbid girls or boys from taking certain classes beause of their sex. For instance, in the past, boys took classes related to tools and cars; girls took classes in sewing and cooking. 

Thesis Statement 

Before Title IX was signed into law on June 23, 1972, girls were not able to play the sports they wanted to. They were only allowed to do Girls Athletic Association (G.A.A),and cheerleading if they were athletic or they played on intramural teams or in private sports clubs. When the law was passed it changed girls and young women's lives. Title IX states that “ No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation."​​​​​​​


"No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benifits of, or be subjected to disscrimination under any educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance."
~ The beginning of Title IX, 1972