Student Well-Being

Arne Duncan Tweets About Title IX, Female Student-Athletes

By Bryan Toporek — January 09, 2012 1 min read

The secretary of education took to Twitter on Friday afternoon to field questions on Title IX, which he called “one of the greatest civil rights successes in our history.”

The legislation, which requires all schools that receive federal funding to provide equal educational and athletic opportunities to both males and females, has its 40th anniversary on June 23.

To raise awareness of the anniversary, the American Association of University Women hosted the tweet-up with Duncan on Friday. Joining him was Russlynn Ali, the assistant secretary for civil rights at the Dept. of Ed, and the host of the tweet-up, Lisa Maatz, the AAUW’s director of public policy and government relations.

Duncan stressed early in the session that Title IX, while most often applied to athletics, also has implications for STEM courses and degree attainment. (Remember, Title IX applies to all athletic .

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Schooled in Sports blog.