Title IX’s Mid-Life Crisis
Forty years ago next month, Title IX was signed into law. The intention was to outlaw sex discrimination in academia, including in athletics, to ensure that women had equal opportunity to participate and excel. Unfortunately, contrary to the express intention of policymakers championing the law, those charged with enforcing title IX created a de-facto quota system, which has pressured colleges and universities to fixate on achieving statistical parity in the levels of participation in programs like athletics. As a result, while Title IX succeeded in creating opportunities for women, it has also robbed men of similar opportunities. Policymakers should reform the law so that it fulfills its authors’ original intentions of ensuring that both men and women have opportunity to participate in college programs.