Title IX turns 30: How are we doing? | TheUnion.com

Title IX turns 30: How are we doing?

Through its scholarship and mentoring programs – as well as its commitment to providing equal opportunities for women in education, athletics and employment – the Nevada County chapter of the American Association of University Women continues to do its share.

Saturday, the chapter’s 145 members will learn just how the rest of the country has done complying and supporting Title IX.

The AAUW in Nevada County hosts its Annual Holiday Boutique and Bridges to Education at 9:45 a.m. in Banner Grange, 12629 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley.

Guest speaker Marygrace Colby, president of the Paradise AAUW branch, will discuss Title IX at 30 years: its successes and future, and its role in California Schools.

Colby is a former athletic coach at Santa Clara University and was instrumental in implementing Title IX in California.

The event is open to the public – and for good reason, said the area chapter president.

“This year, there’s been a lot of politics going on that’s putting Title IX at risk,” said Beverly Moncrief, Nevada County’s AAUW president. “She’s been very active in women’s athletics at the collegiate level and so she’s coming in to give us an update.

“She’s going to talk about what Title IX mean and what could happen if it’s watered down (through legislation).”

Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 is the landmark legislation that bans sex discrimination in schools, whether it be in academics or athletics.

Title IX states: “No person in the U.S. shall, on the basis of sex be excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving federal aid.”

By Brian Hamilton

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