On June 23, 1972, Title IX of the Civil Rights Act went into effect. Title IX (that’s “Title 9”) outlawed unequal treatment of boys and girls in schools that receive money from the federal government.Title IX applies to all programs, from math and science clubs to space in college dormitories. The most famous part of the law, though, applies to boys’ and girls’ sports. Title IX means that high school and college sports programs that get federal funding must be equal: equal quality of facilities, equal quality and amount of equipment, equal and fair practice times, fair amount of locker-room space, and equal training.Millions of female high school and college athletes were encouraged by Title IX. In the years after Title IX, participation in women’s college sports grew by more than 450 percent!
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry accomplishment Noun
unique achievement, or something done well.
civil rights Plural Noun
set of fundamental freedoms guaranteed to all individuals, such as participation in the political system, ability to own property, and due process and equal protection under the law.
belief or trust in something.
resolve or willpower.
treatment based on a group to which a person belongs, not the person himself.
tools and materials to perform a task or function.
to do very well.
having to do with a nation's government (as opposed to local or regional government).
money or finances.
physical, cultural, and social aspects of sexual identity.
to receive a degree or diploma from an educational institution.
command, order, or authorization.
to disallow or prevent.
work ethic Noun
dedication to a job or project.