Title IX: A long-term debate
Every year incoming college freshman go to their new college or university expecting to find their favorite sport, but sometimes due to lack of participation the sport is not there.
In some case, the federal law Title IX is to blame as in the case of Zalikah Lewis, a sophomore at Pine Manor College, an all women's College in Chestnut Hill. Although she wouldn't join the swim team, she does enjoy the sport and was surprised that the sport wasn't offered while the school had most other popular sports.
Thirty-one years ago, with the rise in revenue and attendance at collegiate sports, the federal government implemented a Title IX program that would established opportunities for men and women in colleges for their programs and academics. A major emphasis on the program has gone to schools athletic programs, to share the funds and sporting teams equally. There is a debate over whether the teams are really split fairly or are some of the more successful male teams get prominence over women's teams.
"I think women's sports are getting better," said Charmaine Steele, a junior women's basketball player at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut.
"Some sports are better to watch on the women's side than the men's side. The sports world is slowly moving away from the men. Yes it's still a man's world but not for long," she added.
"In athletics there are more males than females; therefore, it shouldn't mean that men should limit their numbers considering that the population of males is a lot higher than that of females," said Lewis.
Title IX states that "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any educational programs or activity receiving federal financial assistance."
According to the Title IX 25 Anniversary website, sponsored by the Department of Education, "it seems fitting to suggest that America is a more equal, more educated and more prosperous nation" due to Title IX being passed. According to the site, Title IX has increased the expectations of what women can achieve in intercollegiate sports. Schools around Massachusetts sounded off on if they felt Title IX was a positive for schools.
"I think it is fair at my school," said Matthew Batchelder, a 21 year-old junior baseball player at Suffolk University in Boston. "Men's sports obviously get a lot more press and prestige," (as far as television goes) Men get a lot more but they should because their games are at a higher level and it's more entertaining to most. It's really only the University of Connecticut Women's basketball team (that are televised) and that's the only team I would watch."
"I think Title IX is fair at my school but not at the high school level," said Steele. The men have one more sport than the women. I wish they (my high school) had a volley ball team." In actuality Quinnipiac men's team have 29...