By: Jayne Eilderts
In 1972, it changed. It all changed for girls….. and boys.
A government funded program must now provide equal opportunity to girls, women, boys and men they said. Congress tried to help us gain equal rights but did they really give us equal rights? New sports started being created at universities for but the sports were for girls only. Girls gained the right to use a locker room, have the same number of coaches, and equal funding. The number of girls in sports in college grew from this new amendment while the opposite gender suffered.
Some men sports eventually lost their funding. No more baseball. While girls had the opportunity to participate in Volleyball, swimming, diving, tennis, softball, and soccer; Boys no longer had the opportunity to play college baseball. I’ll admit that boys have the football and wrestling program and girls do not but does that give them the right to have five sports that men don’t have. Even though women were elevated into position they deserved, it felt like men were being pushed down at the same time. It was as if men had to be knocked down like a old building so that women can replace them in with a new replacement building. Is that really equal rights? Is making women possibly higher up than men equal rights? Can anything really be equal?
In 1972, it changed. It changed for girls and ….. boys.
A government funded program must now provided equal opportunity to girls, women, boys, and men. Congress helped many girls have a shot at college athletics. Women around the country rejoiced. We now had the opportunity to play volleyball and basketball at our universities. We watched as women were finally allowed to have a locker room. We gained the right to compete in swimming, diving, track, cross country and gymnastics.
Colleges were now required to spend the same amount of money on men and women's sports. They couldn’t just double their already tight budgets, so there were some cuts made. It was like the end of the world for some boys. No baseball. They finally understood what it was like to not have an opportunity to play college ball. They whined about how the government was tearing their precious building of college sports down. There is a reason for the demolitions, and it was their old building was filled with code violations. Under Title XI, women and men were suppose to be equal and the old college athletic system went against the entire Title. Was before really equal? Did women not having sports really make us equal? Can anything really be equal?
It Didn’t Change
In 1972, it didn’t change. It changed for girls and boys but not for ….. the rest of us.
A government funded program must now provided equal opportunity to girls, women, boys, and men. Congress tried to make people equal and they failed. Transgender people were not covered by this law. In most cases, they were not allowed to compete with their gender identity or not at all. Is this really equal? Can anything ever be equal?
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