MI Judge Orders Measure to End Discrimination against Girls’ Sports
U.S. District Judge Richard A. Enslen ordered the Michigan High School Athletic Association to re-schedule the girls’ athletic season to be compatible with the boys’ athletic season, which mirrors the seasons used by colleges and universities. Two women sued the Association in 1998 claiming that the original scheduling of girls sports, which did not follow that of colleges and universities, was detrimental to female athletes as it limited not only news coverage of the games but also the ability of girls to play for college recruiters that follow the university schedule. The women asserted that the scheduling policy violated the rights under the fourteenth amendment, Michigan civil rights laws, and Title IX, a federal law that prohibits discrimination against girls and women in federally funded education programs, including athletics.
Media Resources: Associated Press, 12/17/01; Feminist Majority Foundation