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Debunking the Myths About Title IX and Athletics

July 01, 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.

The Battle for Gender Equity in Athletics in Colleges and Universities

July 01, 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.

The Battle for Gender Equity in Athletics in Elementary and Secondary Schools

July 01, 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.

Title IX and Men's Sports: A False Conflict

July 01, 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. 

Title IX Still Applies: Gender Equity in Athletics During Difficult Economic Times

July 01, 2015

In difficult economic times, educational institutions at all levels face tight budgets. When making hard choices, it is important for schools to remember that if they cut any athletic opportunities or benefits, they must do so in a way that does not discriminate on the basis of sex in violation of Title IX. Recent media reports suggest that some educational institutions may not understand their obligations under Title IX and are imposing a greater burden on girls when cutting athletic opportunities or benefits.

Women and the Minimum Wage, State by State Chart

July 01, 2015

The minimum wage is falling short for millions of Americans — especially for women, who represent nearly two-thirds of minimum wage workers across the country, and at least half of minimum wage workers in every state. Use this chart to see how the states compare.

Women, the Minimum Wage, and the Wage Gap, State by State

July 01, 2015

This table details state-by-state information about women and the minimum wage, including the share of minimum wage workers who are women, the state's minimum wage and tipped minimum cash wage, the number of women who would get a raise if the minimum wage were increased to $12/hour, and what a woman makes for every dollar a man makes among women overall as well as women of color.

Marriage Equality: A Win for Women

June 30, 2015

In Obergefell v. Hodges, the Supreme Court held that state laws that deny same-sex couples the right to marry or provide that only a marriage between a man and a woman will be recognized under state law violate the Constitution. This historic decision affirms that all Americans have the right to equal protection under the law. While critical to all same-sex couples and families, the decision has particular practical significance for women in same-sex couples.

Fair Pay for Pennsylvania Women Requires a Fair Minimum Wage

June 29, 2015

Restrictions on Assignments of Military Women: A Brief History

June 24, 2015

The general trend since the end of the Second World War has been expanding roles for women in the armed forces. This paper provides background information on the history and status of policy governing assignment of military women.