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Title IX 50 years later, NBA draft is here: 5 Things podcast

On today’s episode of the 5 Things podcast: Title IX turns 50

Sports columnist Christine Brennan reflects on the law that has opened doors for women in sports. Plus, Uvalde school district police chief Pete Arredondo has been placed on leave, White House correspondent Joey Garrison looks at President Joe Biden’s push to temporarily suspend the federal gas tax, House leaders unveil a portrait of late Rep. Patsy Mink and the NBA Draft is here.

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Taylor Wilson:

Good morning. I’m Taylor Wilson and this is 5 Things you need to know Thursday, the 23rd of June, 2022. Today, Title IX turns 50. Plus the latest from Uvalde and more.

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Title IX turns 50 today. The civil rights law prohibits sex based discrimination in any school that receives funding from the federal government. President Richard Nixon signed into law the Education Amendments of 1972 including Title IX which required schools that receive federal funds to guarantee gender equality on campus. It was initially introduced to help get more women into graduate schools. But as USA TODAY’S Christine Brennan tells producer James Brown, the rule also opened a world of opportunities for women in sports.

James Brown:

In your piece you say that Title IX is more than just a law, that we can see its effects everywhere.

Christine Brennan:

Exactly, exactly James. It is I think the most important, or one of the most important laws over the last 50 years. And I know there’s a lot of competition for that. But in terms of opening the floodgates for girls and women, for the other 50% of our population to be able to play sports, to learn how to win and even more important, learn how to lose, teamwork, sportsmanship, all of the things that we were teaching boys and men for generations and not teaching, as I said the other 50% of our population. What in the world were we thinking?

James Brown:

You were in school when Title IX took effect? What was that experience like?

Christine Brennan:

I am very lucky to have gotten just a bit of Title IX in high school. Mostly women who are in their 20s or 30s, 40s, they got the full blast of Title IX, and today’s 10 year old girls getting an extraordinary experience with sports. And what will she look like when she’s 50 or 60 running the country? But for me it was a mindset too. It was that all of a sudden it’s okay to be a woman in sports. It’s okay to be someone who loves sports. And as I was launching my career as a sports journalist, the country also was starting to realize that women could have untraditional roles and be doing things like sports journalism, which had been unthinkable just a decade or two earlier.

James Brown:

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There’s been some talk over the last few years about revisiting Title IX and possibly amending it. What are your thoughts on that and where we’re going from here?

Christine Brennan:

I think what everyone should do is enforce Title IX and protect Title IX. If people want to amend it and make it stronger, that’s great. But in terms of this law, as our colleagues at USA Today have pointed out, most universities are still not in compliance with Title IX and schools are trying to figure out ways to cut corners and not give opportunities to women. What a mistake that is.

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