Today marks the 45th anniversary of Title IX, and MoFo and our pro bono partner Legal Aid at Work’s Fair Play for Girls in Sports program have teamed up to publish a “Know Your Rights” brochure celebrating the occasion.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that forbids gender-based discrimination in access to education programs and activities, including sports programs. The law applies to all schools, colleges, and universities that receive federal funding.
Studies show that playing sports helps girls and young women in countless ways, from growing their self-confidence to increasing their future earning potential by as much as 7%. Females with the highest physical activity during adolescence and young adulthood are 20% less likely to get breast cancer later in life and have lower rates of depression. In addition, young female athletes have higher grades, standardized test scores, and graduation rates than non-athletes. Thanks to Title IX, sports programs for girls and young women have dramatically improved in the past four decades: before Title IX, fewer than 300,000 girls participated in high school athletics; that number increased to more than 3 million in the 2015-2016 school year.
Download the Fair Play brochure from to learn more about your rights under Title IX and please consider supporting the great work that Legal Aid at Work is doing to ensure that the promise of Title IX is fulfilled.
Legal Aid at Work staff attorney Kim Turner, joins MoFo’s pro bono counsel Rachel Williams and director of attorney development Janet Stone Herman at the Palo Alto office, where Kim gave a presentation celebrating Title IX.