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SCOTUS Erodes Progress as Title IX Turns 50 (Bloomberg Law)

SCOTUS Erodes Progress as Title IX Turns 50
The Supreme Court’s April decision in a health-care discrimination lawsuit will likely also cut off emotional damages schools pay to those who win Title IX lawsuits for sex harassment and discrimination, because schools’ obligations under Title IX are also based on their receiving federal funding, writes Kelsey Murrell, an attorney at plaintiff firm McAllister Olivarius.


June marks the 50th anniversary of Title IX, the civil rights legislation that prohibits educational institutions receiving federal funding from discriminating on the basis of sex.

We should be celebrating the ways Title IX has helped women and other marginalized genders succeed in sports and education. Since its passage, the number of slots available to female athletes at high schools increased from under 300,000 to 3.5 million, and the percentage of NCAA athletes who are women increased from 15% to 44%. With this record of success, we should be devising ways to improve Title IX further.

Instead, women and civil rights advocates are mourning. In April, the court issued a decision gutting Title IX protections.

This is the latest op-ed of Kelsey Murrell, Higher Education Practice Lead and Senior Associate.