|Celebrating 40 Years of Title IX|
In celebration of the 40th birthday of Title IX, George Mason University Intercollegiate Athletics will take a look at the historic federal civil rights law that was passed by Congress on June 23, 1972. Through the voices and experience of Mason's own Faculty, Staff and student-athletes, GoMason.com will take a look at the impact it has had on women's college athletics.
Since the passing of Title IX, women have been granted an equal opportunity to participate in high school and college sports.Title IX has been one of the major catalysts that have changed the world of women's college sports and became the gateway for change in the world of sports for women.
Please join Mason Athletics throughout the spring semester with
the voices and stories of those whose lives have been affected with the
passing of Title IX.
IX, Education Amendments of 1972
In the first installment in celebrating Title IX, Senior Associate AD, Student Services Sue Collins discusses the legislation and how it has impacted the realm of sports both professionally and personally.
Can you give a brief
synopsis of what Title IX?
What is the background of Title IX?
How have you seen
collegiate sports change since the passing of the law?
What sports have you seen the most
growth in because of the law?
How do you see collegiate sports
changing in the future with the law?
The way the law is written at this time, each individual institution has to look at their undergraduate, full-time student enrollment, men and women. So at George Mason, the population is 55 percent women and 45 percent men, it's been that way for years, and that's just full-time undergraduates. The law says that the student-athlete population then here at George Mason should be 55 percent women and 45 percent men. We work very hard to make sure that's what it looks like. That's what the law asks us to do and the number one principle of Title IX is opportunities. Participation, opportunities. Me and you. We're each have an opportunity to participate in sports. I always wanted to play. So a dinosaur like me has fought so that young women and young men have the opportunity. That's one really good thing about George Mason University, we continue to strive to make sure there are opportunities for men and women.
How did the law impact you personally?