DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement today in recognition of the 40th anniversary of Title IX.
“Today marks the 40th anniversary of Title IX, a federal law that mandates gender equality in education. Since 1972, the law has prohibited gender discrimination by federally-funded institutions and remains a powerful tool for women’s advancements in education. This law has been incredibly effective in so many ways, from dealing with the problem of inequality in math and science education, to dramatically increasing the participation of female athletes at colleges and universities.
“President Obama clearly understands the importance of laws like Title IX and of advancing equality. The first bill he signed into law as President was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act—moving us one step closer to equal pay for equal work. The President signed the Affordable Care Act into law, preventing insurance companies from unfairly discriminating against women when charging them for insurance.
“As a mother of two girls myself, it is especially important to me that our daughters have all the same opportunities as our sons—and on this important anniversary we should celebrate all the progress we’ve made and recommit ourselves to the work ahead.”