June 20 2014
STATEMENT ON TITLE IX 42nd ANNIVERSARY
INSTEAD OF JUST CELEBRATING TITLE IX, IT'S TIME FOR POLICYMAKERS TO RETHINK HOW TITLE IX IS BEING ENFORCED ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Independent Women's Forum managing director Carrie Lukas released the following statement ahead of the 42nd anniversary of Title IX:
"It's been forty-two years since Title IX was created. It's time to rethink how this law is being enforced on college campuses and its consequences. The law was supposed to be about ensuring that women have equal opportunity to participate in all the programs and activities offered by educational institutions, including on the athletic field. That was a very worthy and important goal.
"But sadly, the government embraced an enforcement policy for Title IX that acts as a defacto quota system that forces schools to try to manufacture equal outcomes, rather than provide equal opportunity—even if that means eliminating opportunities for men to make the numbers work under the current interpretation of the law.
"Men and women’s interests aren’t naturally in conflict, and we should be seeking to develop an educational system that encourages both our young women and men to make the most of their talents. That requires reforms to Title IX enforcement to refocus government’s oversight on preventing discrimination rather than encouraging discrimination in order to achieve their definition of balance."
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Victoria Coley | Director of Communications