Fw: Hands Off Title IX!
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From: "Jane at Feminist Majority Foundation" <email@...>
To: "Feminist Alert Newsletter" <fem-alert@...>
Sent: Monday, February 24, 2003 10:13 AM
Subject: Hands Off Title IX!
On February 26th, the Bush Administration's Commission on Opportunity in
Athletics will recommend to the Department of Education sweeping and
debilitating changes to Title IX. The endorsed changes will permit
educational institutions to treat women athletes as second-class citizens.
The Commission, stacked with opponents of Title IX and representatives of
big sport schools, never attempted to quantify the impact of its
recommendations on the participation of women and girls in athletics.
According to the Women’s Sports Foundation, the effect on women and
athletics will be disastrous. Under one proposal set forth by the
Commission, college women would lose 50,000 participation opportunities
and $122 million dollars in athletic scholarships. High School girls would
lose 305,000 participation opportunities. The Commission has also approved
requiring women and girls to prove their interest in sports in order to be
given opportunities to participate.
Contact the President, the Secretary of Education, and your Senators and
Representatives and let them know that you strongly oppose any step to
weaken Title IX and decrease opportunities for women and girls in
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