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Title IX is the federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in schools that receive federal funding — including in their athletics programs. Since Title IX became law in 1972, NWLC has worked hard to ensure that women and girls are treated fairly in athletics programs — from challenging schools to provide female athletes with equal access to athletic opportunities, to fighting efforts to weaken enforcement of Title IX protections for women and girls. Despite the fact that Title IX has opened many doors for women and girls in athletics, schools across the country are still not providing equal opportunities for girls to participate in sports and are not treating girls’ teams equally in terms of benefits and resources. 

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Fact Sheet | The Next Generation of Title IX: Athletics

June 13, 2012

This fact sheet discusses Title IX's impacts on athletics for girls and women since its passage 40 years ago and makes recommendations as to next steps to ensure that Title IX's goals are fully realized.  It chronicles the specific ways in which women's and girls' athletics opportunities have grown and been supported, and identifies concrete policy goals and questions for the next generation.

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Fact Sheet | Debunking the Myths About Title IX and Athletics

January 30, 2012

Avoid misinformation about Title IX and athletics.  Read below for facts that debunk the biggest myths about Title IX and mens' and womens' sports.

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More Resources

| Does Your College Have an Athletic Participation Gap?

March 19, 2014

Legal Briefs & Testimony | National Women's Law Center Files Title IX Athletics Complaint Against DC Public Schools

June 28, 2013

Legal Briefs & Testimony | National Women's Law Center Files Brief in Ollier v. Sweetwater

May 22, 2013

Webinars & Presentations | Webinar on Athletics and Title IX, 4/18/2013

April 18, 2013

Legal Briefs & Testimony | National Women's Law Center Files Comments to Department of Education re: Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act

March 05, 2013