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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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Title IX at Your School

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Fact Sheet | The Battle for Gender Equity in Athletics in Colleges and Universities

July 17, 2014

This fact sheet describes the advances that women have made in collegiate athletics since the enactment of Title IX, while identifying the areas in which further work is needed to achieve gender equity.


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.


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.


More Resources

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

March 05, 2013

Webinars & Presentations | What You Need To Know About Title IX and Athletics: A Webinar For Coaches, Parents, and School Officials

September 12, 2012

Webinars & Presentations | How to Use the Civil Rights Data Collection Online Tool to Check Your School’s Record on Title IX Issues

September 12, 2012

Infographics and Internet Memes | Team USA is Powered by Title IX

July 27, 2012

Coalition Action Materials | Does Your High School Have an Athletic Participation Gap?

July 06, 2012