Legacy of Title IX

Few laws have had such far-reaching impact as Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Intended to give girls and women greater access to sports programs and other courses of study in schools and colleges, the law has since been used by judges and agencies to expand a wide range of antidiscrimination policies. In his new book, The Transformation of Title IX: Regulating Gender Equality in Education (Brookings Institution Press, 2018), Thomas P. O’Neill, Jr. Professor of American Politics R. Shep Melnick analyzes how interpretations of “equal educational opportunity” have changed over the years and how it has become a central part of legal and political campaigns to correct gender stereotypes, not only in academic settings but in society at large.

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