Interesting thing happening online around one of our "live" shows. In March, we were at the Connecticut Historical Society Museum for a discussion of Title IX and women's sports. It was a lively enough discussion, but has prompted a very long, thoughtful discussion on the show's page. I'm not sure if someone assigned this as a homework assignment or what - but it's about as much back and forth conversation as we've had on any show. Here's the string of the conversation so far - with the most recent submissions on top:
Submitted by Kayla Everon (not verified) on May 4, 2009 - 9:34pm.
Submitted by Michelle Moriarty (not verified) on May 2, 2009 - 8:52pm
Since Title IX has been passed it has had a large impact on women's athletics. Being an athlete and being from a high school that was very much based on athletics, it is hard to imagine not being able to play sports just because I am a girl or that women's teams would not be allowed at our school. Title IX has given girls the opportunity to play sports by funding girls programs and giving them a place to play. While Title IX has definitely bridged the equality gap between men and women, there are still many discrepancies between the way women and men are treated not only as athletes but in the work place as well. As stated in the broadcast, professional male athletes still get paid a considerable amount more that professional female athletes. Also, in the workplace, there is still a majority of men that hold the highest positions in companies. While Title IX has greatly improved the equality of women, there are still issues that need to be taken care of in order for men and women to be completely equal in all aspects.
Submitted by Dan Speicher (not verified) on April 30, 2009 - 4:16pm.
Over the years title IX has done wonders for women in sports. I have seen the effects in two different locations: as a high school student with state championship in girls soccer, and a college student at UConn with a national championship in women's basketball. Going to a high school where sports center around many lives it is hard to imagine a school that does not have any girls sports. Not only has Title IX affected the girls playing sports, but also everyone else in the school. Girls soccer games were a huge social event and everyone always had a lot of fun watching our team go undefeated and win a state championship. In the long run Title IX was actually just as important to the students watching the games all year as it was to the players. Similarly, The UConn women, being a powerhouse have been popular to many fans for about 15-20 years.
- Title IX has done a lot of great things for the women's teams in the United States. But I have to agree with Allison Kasik that altough women's sports increased by 34%, the men's teams sports were cut by 16%, which shouldn't really happen, because Title IX is about equality for both men and women. And I'm going to agree with Bill Howe, when he said that Title IX is not telling colleges to cut the wrestling team or football, it tells the schools that they have to provide equal opportunities for both men's and women's sports. Instead of cutting some sports teams, they should really work better with their budgets, and provide an equal share of it for each team. In my high school the football team would always get new uniforms, and new equipment, but the cheerleading squad had to use ripped old uniforms, old pom poms, and they never had a place for practice, so they had to practice in the halls. It was because the athletic director was a big football fan, and he didnt really care much about cheerleading. Also i think that the comment about players, playing for the game not for the money is very important, because sports shouldnt be all about the money, but the players should play, because they love basketball or baseball or football, not because they want to get a lot of money.
- Submitted by Mary (not verified) on March 13, 2009 - 10:25am.