Sex Equality, Gender Injury, Title IX and Women's Education
33 Pages Posted: 2 Jul 2018
Date Written: June 13, 2018
This essay explores the notions of discrimination and gender injury that have animated the law’s attempt to secure equal educational opportunities for women, paying particularly close attention to the intersection of constitutional law and Title IX of the 1972 Civil Rights Act. By analyzing two distinctive features of women’s education in the United States, single-sex colleges and single-sex sports teams, this essay argues that much of the success of anti-sex discrimination measures in education is attributable to the modest, non-transformational goals that inspired both Title IX and the push for women’s equality generally. Particularly notable in this analysis is the contrast to race. Title IX’s rejection of both anti-classification and anti-segregation principles – principles that have come to define how the law understands racial injury – allowed for more capacious understandings of sex equality to emerge. By emphasizing choice and opportunity, and by at times embracing difference, the legislative and administrative – though largely non-judicial – efforts to secure meaningful equality for women in education have been, in practice, transformational.
Keywords: Sex Equality, Antidiscrimination, Gender, Feminism, Athletics, Single-Sex Education, Title IX, Equality Theory
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