Athletics Was Just the Beginning With Title IX

All over the country, we see that the basic message about the damage gender quotas is doing to interscholastic athletics is getting out. However, fewer folks seem to understand that the reach of Title IX could very well be coming to a college major near you.

Here’s a passage from an excellent opinion piece that appeared this morning in The Beacon, the student newspaper at the University of Tennessee:

As an engineering major, I realize that some areas exist where interest doesn’t meet the distribution of males and females on campus. The number of girls in my engineering classes is miniscule compared to the number of guys in my classes. No one has told women growing up that they weren’t allowed to be engineers.

The university places no restrictions on who can participate in what major. However, if we were to apply the principles of Title IX to my major, I would most likely be kicked to the curb to “make the numbers work” and get participation numbers in engineering closer to the 55-45 female-male ratio.

And as crazy as that may seem, it’s exactly what some gender quota advocates want to see happen. According to them, the fact that the gender balance in academic in science, technology, engineering and mathematics hasn’t changed nearly 40 years after Title IX was passed is evidence that the government needs to engage in even more meddling.

The following was published last June by The White House under the byline of Jessie DeAro, Senior Policy Analyst in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. It was headlined, “Bringing Title IX to Classrooms and Labs.”

Yesterday was the 38th Anniversary of Title IX! Title IX has been credited for dramatic increases in the participation of women and girls in athletics programs; however, Title IX also covers equity in educational programs. One federal group working hard to ensure equity in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education programs is the Title IX Interagency Working Group. The Working Group is coordinated by the Department of Justice and currently includes representatives from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, and Department of Education. They recently met to discuss effective strategies for their Title IX compliance reviews of STEM programs at institutions of higher education that receive federal funds from their agencies.

In short, if you love what Title IX enforcement has done to interscholastic athletics, you’ll surely love what it will do to disciplines like science and engineering. For more, click here for a position paper from Carrie Lukas at the Independent Women’s Forum.

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