"In their 2-3/01 issue, Ms. magazine takes stock
of where Title IX has taken us and looks at what
the future holds for this landmark legislation. And
while schools are required to open the doors to
women, Angela Ruggiero's experience in 1999
presents a pretty sad scenario for our daughters.
Angela, the 1998 Olympic hockey gold medalist, was
home for the summer and wanted to play a little
pickup hockey at her local rink. "No women," said
the woman guarding the entrance. 'I can really
play,' she said, assuming the attendant was
concerned for her safety on the ice. 'No women.'
The place, Saint Clair Shores, Michigan.
"Ruggiero is one of thousands of women athletes
who benefited from Title IX of the education
Amendments of 1972, the federal law that prohibits
discrimination in federally funded educational
programs. That Ruggiero played on an Olympic ice
hockey team is evidence of ow far women have come
since Title IX. That she was turned away from her
hometown rink is a sign of how far we still have to
go - not just in the courts but in a culture that
still resists women's evolving roles.
"Although Title IX is now synonymous with
equality in women's sports, it originally had
nothing to do with athletics but with Ivy League
students and college professors. Even with the
Olympic wins for women's Ice Hockey, Basketball,
Softball and Soccer, the reality is that men's
athletic operating budgets in colleges have
increased 139 percent to 89 percent for women." How
would you like to have a very athletically skilled
daughter that wasn't allowed to make her mark?
Check out this issue
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