Sunday, January 22, 2006
Hard court for Title IX
With the confirmation of Justice Samuel Alito on its way to confirmation in the U.S. Senate (likely to happen this week), the balance in the U.S. Supreme Court will likely set the stage for erosion of Title IX protections for female athletes. Title IX, made law in 1973, has never been safe from attack. In recent years, though, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor provided the critical swing vote on key Title IX cases. With the addition of conservative justices Roberts and Alito to the court, expect renewed legal challenges to the law as opponents continue to frame as unfair and unnecessary. Keep track of Title IX developments here. Meanwhile, our analysis of media coverage of Title IX shows that it isn't helping clarify misunderstandings about the law. More about that in a future post.