Title IX: A Social, Athletic and Gender Revolution
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Born in 1987, fifteen years after the passage of Title IX, I was not alive to witness first-hand the beginning of its effects on United States society. While Title IX was originally implemented mainly to help protect women in the workforce and employment, it later came to have its greatest effects in the realm of athletics, especially in the new rights and opportunities it gave females who wanted to participate in sports. In many instances, an action may eventually end up having a very different, and sometimes actually more beneficial, effect that it was originally meant to, and Title IX is an important example of this phenomenon. Throughout the entire process of writing and passing the bill, deciding how it would be implemented, and implementation, all those involved with making these decisions made the legislation into what it has become today. The importance of sports in popular culture, which has only increased since the passage of Title IX, played a large role in the legislation's application to athletics because their importance in the lives of many makes them a source of passionate opinions and influence. Over the years since the passage of Title IX, this process has left male and female athletics in a state that can be described as being separate and equal according to various guidelines, but still not the same. Title IX has given women new opportunities, but the status of female athletes (in all areas of their lives and careers) is not the same as for male athletes. This difference is due to differences in funding and participation, skills, natural abilities, and also the attitudes toward men's and women's sports from athletes, fans, and the general public, and while the said differences are somewhat to be expected, they are also a source of much debate.