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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 Battle for Gender Equity in Athletics in Colleges and Universities

July 1, 2015

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.

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Fact Sheet | Title IX and Men's Sports: A False Conflict

July 1, 2015

Title IX should not be a scapegoat for schools' decision to cut men's sports. Women continue to receive fewer opportunities and resources than men in athletics, and many schools devote disproportionate resources to men's football and basketball. While these sports are often described as "revenue sports," the NCAA reports that the majority of them fail to pay for themselves, much less other teams. Rather than dipping into bloated football and men’s basketball budgets, schools choose to cut sports and blame Title IX. 

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Fact Sheet | The Battle for Gender Equity in Athletics in Elementary and Secondary Schools

July 1, 2015

This fact sheet lays out the current field for women and girls in athletics and the challenges they face in equitable athletics opportunities. Female athletes receive far fewer participation opportunities than male athletes; lower expenditures for athletic teams; and inferior coaching, equipment, practice facilities and competitive opportunities.

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Fact Sheet | Debunking the Myths About Title IX and Athletics

July 1, 2015

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

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

Fact Sheet | The Next Generation of Title IX: Athletics

June 13, 2012

Fact Sheet | High School Athletics Transparency Bills of 2013

February 02, 2012

Webinars & Presentations | Rally for Girls’ Sports: Title IX Webinar

September 21, 2011