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  •  Education and opportunity. (11+ / 0-)

    Informative diary, JanF, and a thoughtful perspective on why athletic opportunities for female students must be safeguarded.

    Some numbers from your link to Title IX Myths and Facts point out that the gap has grown in the past 5 years:

    •    Female college athletes receive $148 million less in athletic scholarships ($617 million female vs. $765 million male).
    •    In addition, female high school and college athletes continue to lag behind males in the provision of equitable resources such as equipment, uniforms and facilities.
    This reflects what I heard anecdotally less than a decade ago while attending a public university where female student athletes had opportunities, but were not provided with equivalent resources to those of many male student athletes.

    Like other equal opportunities that some thought women could now take for granted, thus obviating the need for an ERA, the numbers instead reflect an insidious decline during recent years.

    •  Thank you for pointing that out. (9+ / 0-)

      Another example that the fight for women's rights will never be done. That which is "given" can be, and is often, taken away.

      I would Recommend your comments if I could. Free the JanF Recs!

      by JanF on Thu Mar 15, 2012 at 08:49:36 AM PDT

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    •  It's also interesting what got lost. (1+ / 0-)
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      nomandates

      At my college when Title IX was implemented, many men's sports were shuttered outright.  Diving, Swimming, Hockey.  The kings of the roost, Football and Basketball were untouched.

      Plenty of great athletes who couldn't tackle or dribble lost scholarship opportunities too.

      -7.75 -4.67

      "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose."

      There are no Christians in foxholes.

      by Odysseus on Thu Mar 15, 2012 at 07:26:41 PM PDT

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      •  I hear you. (1+ / 0-)
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        Odysseus

        From the same link:

        The number, competitive level and quality of sports programs are individual institutional decisions, just as the number and quality of academic programs are institutional prerogatives. [snip] it is the wealthiest athletic programs in NCAA Division I-A that are dropping men's minor sports, typically because they are shifting these monies to compete in the football and men's basketball arms race.
        At my university, men's football and men's basketball were the most popular with alumni who have deep pockets, so those groups continued to travel in luxury, in addition to having up-to-date equipment and facilities.

        The football team had a huge roster as well, which probably ate up a number of scholarships that could have gone to more talented student-athletes in other sports.

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