Jun. 23

39th Anniversary of Title IX


Today marks the 39th anniversary since Title IX was passed in 1972 which requires gender equity in every educational program that receives federal funding.

Today we celebrate Title IX’s impact it has had in the U.S.  In 1971, 300,000 high school girls played sports; today, that number is around 3 million. Women now outnumber men in undergraduate and graduate enrollment and are increasingly visible in positions of authority.  Many gaps between men and women have been reduced, although there is still more progress to be had.

There are still gender inequalities within the workforce, athletics, and science and math programs to name a few. Today we celebrate the advances that have been taken in creating an equal, fair, better world for all.

The volunteering sector has always been historically open to men and women equally, yet women volunteer at greater rates than men.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics show in their 2010 Economic News Release, “Volunteering in the United States,” that the volunteer rate of women actually decreases from 30.1 percent to 29.3 percent by September 2010, while the volunteer rate for men, at 23.2 percent, was essentially unchanged. However, women have continued to volunteer at a higher rate than men across all age groups, educational levels, and other major demographic characteristics.


Why do you think women have consistently volunteered in larger rates? Do you think the percentage of male volunteers will continue to increase?

In honor of Title IX you can partake in specific volunteer projects that focus on areas where females are still in the minority- ideas include leading a Girl Scout project, tutoring girls in science or math, or coaching their athletic team.  Comment and share with us what volunteering activities you engage in!

Click here for today's HandsOn Blog post celebrating organizations whose initiatives have stemmed from Title IX..

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