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Education Equality

Title IX Action Network

The Title IX Action Network is being created to fight threats to Title IX and to enable and empower equity advocates. These advocates will work together to strengthen the implementation of Title IX and rebuild a national gender equity infrastructure that has been emaciated by the withdrawal of federal funding. Activists in this Network will have multiple roles as Title IX coordinators , equity allies , and gender equity resource providers .

A unique feature of this Network is its plan to increase the proper use of the important but frequently neglected provision in the Title IX regulations requiring Title IX coordinators in institutions that receive federal financial assistance for education programs or activities. Network participants will focus on increasing the numbers and effectiveness of the Title IX coordinators in advancing gender equity at all levels of education from preschool to adult education programs.

Title IX activists and equity allies are individuals who want to eliminate inequities for their daughters and sons or local, state and national organizations who have responsibilities for education equity issues ranging from non discrimination on the basis of race, disabilities, or sexual orientation and who are also interested in advancing gender equity.

Employees who serve as Title IX coordinators and equity allies can now be bold in speaking out against sex discrimination because in March 2005, the Supreme Court declared, in Jackson v. Birmingham Board of Education, that Title IX protected them from retaliation even if they were not the initial victims of the sex discrimination. The decision makes it clear that "reporting incidents of discrimination is integral to Title IX enforcement."

Gender equity resource providers include researchers, developers, and disseminators of information, tools, instructional materials, and technical assistance. They may provide these resources as individuals or through organizations. Title IX coordinators, especially those who are just starting this work, and many Title IX activists and grass roots equity allies will need easy access to high quality research-based gender equity resources.

Title IX Activists include anyone who decides to help save and protect Title IX. They will need to stay informed about threats to Title IX as well as ways that they can participate in a variety of activist strategies. Some of these strategies may involve influencing the federal government to fully enforce Title IX and to appropriate funds to fulfill its mandate and the mandates of related legislation for research, development, and assistance to increase gender equality.

Read more about the plans for the Title IX Action Network.

Learn about the roles of Title IX Coordinators, Equity Allies, and Gender Equity Resource Providers in the Title IX Action Network.

Take Action

Become a Title IX Activist by participating in the Title IX Action Network and receiving electronic Title IX alerts, news stories, and updates on the Network.

Contribute to the Title IX Action Network by: