Matsui, Morelle, Hirono Introduce Legislation to Support Title IX, Gender Equity in Education
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (CA-06), Congressman Joe Morelle (NY-25), and Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) reintroduced bicameral legislation to provide more resources, training, and technical assistance to address discrimination in education throughout the United States. The Patsy T. Mink and Louise M. Slaughter Gender Equity in Education Act (GEEA) would provide these resources through the Patsy Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act, more commonly referred to as Title IX, which is the federal law that prohibits sex-based discrimination in federally-supported education programs and activities.
“Patsy Mink and Louise Slaughter were forces of nature – dedicated to expanding opportunity and eradicating discrimination on the basis of sex in schools everywhere,” said Congresswoman Matsui. “As strong supporters of Title IX, their work inspired generations of women to see themselves differently and achieve their dreams – inside the classroom or on the field of play. It is our duty to honor and support the legacy of Title IX and ensure that every child, regardless of gender, has the same opportunity to succeed. I am proud to support this legislation, which will provide schools with the resources needed to remove discrimination and ensure that all federally-supported institutions of learning are equal and just places for all.”
“Louise Slaughter was a tireless champion for women’s rights, so it is only fitting that this legislation is named in her honor,” said Rep. Morelle. “Whether in the classroom or on the sports field, no student should ever be held back from pursuing their dreams. I am so proud to sponsor this legislation that carries on Louise’s legacy of ensuring equal opportunity for every person who calls our country home.
“Patsy Mink and Louise Slaughter were fierce advocates for strengthening educational opportunities for all Americans, regardless of their gender,” said Senator Hirono. “Since the enactment of Title IX in 1972, their support has reaffirmed the fundamental principal that sex-based discrimination has no place in our nation’s schools; they broke down barriers, opened countless doors for women and girls, and created safer learning environments for all students. This legislation builds on their important legacy and provides more resources needed to address bias and discrimination in schools, further advancing Title IX’s important mandate.”
“Since Congress passed Title IX, women and girls have made significant strides in education, but barriers still exist. Sadly, women and girls still do not have equal access to education free from bias and discrimination,” said Kim Churches, Chief Executive Officer at the American Association of University Women (AAUW). “On the 47th anniversary of Title IX, AAUW thanks Senator Hirono and Representative Matsui for re-introducing the Patsy T. Mink and Louise M. Slaughter Gender Equity in Education Act, which would provide critical resources, training and technical assistance to help educational entities fully comply with Title IX. We look forward to working with all Members of Congress to build upon the successes of Title IX and continue fighting to level the playing field for all students.”
GEEA further advances Title IX by providing more resources to address discrimination in schools. Specifically, the bill:
GEEA has been endorsed by AAUW and the National Women’s Law Center.
In addition to Senator Hirono, GEEA is also cosponsored by U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).
The full text of the legislation is available here.
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