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OLYMPICS: Title IX is about more than sports

Letter by Judie Fortier, Tacoma on Aug. 13, 2012 at 12:38 pm with No Comments »
August 13, 2012 3:23 pm

Re: “Women flexed their muscle at London Olympic Games” (editorial, 8-13).

I was surprised that you did not have a full understanding of Title IX. As the former member of the Tacoma School Title IX Committee, I worked to educate the public on equality in education. Your comment that many of the athletes train in private clubs and so Title IX does not explain their success undermines the true meaning of Title IX .

Title IX was passed guaranteeing equality in education and end to sex discrimination in schools receiving federal financial assistance. It covers the entire educational process and calls for eliminating bias in the educational programs from teaching, textbooks, financial assistance, staff and pay equity.

For a woman who is 63, I remember when i could not play on the field during the day and my physical education teachers where only men. Women were prevented from team sports and books, educational materials and posters did not reflect women in all professions or sports.

Equal education promotes self-esteem, something that schools and parents can provide students by giving them hope, encouragement and support, not limiting them by their sex.

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