Court Opinions Still Vary When Interpreting Title IX

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When Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, prohibiting discrimination in employment, it somehow failed to include education. At the time, only one-fourth of all college students were female, and the number of females in graduate, law or medical school was below 10 percent. To correct this oversight and address the longstanding discrimination of women, not only in higher education but elementary and secondary education, President Richard Nixon signed Title IX of the Educational Amendment Act into law on June 23, 1972.

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