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Since 1972 when Title IX was enacted by Congress the progress made by women--both on the playing field and in the office--has been immeasurable Without this law women might still be limited to cheerleading for the boys football teams and watching basketball from the bleachers Instead thanks to the more forward-thinking men and women of the 60s and early 70s we shoot hoops and run laps as well as the boys on our own well-equipped teams Title IX has its problems but the idea behind it holds true Over the 32 years that have passed since Title IX became a law opponents have called it unfair a quota law and have complained that it stole money from mens athletic programs to fund teams for women who simply didnt have an interest in playing But the numbers speak for themselves and enrollment in girls athletics has increased by more than two million since this law was passed Questionable budgeting of money in athletics has recently put several local schools under investigation for Title IX violations Since 1972 the number of boys involved in high school sports has stayed the same at about 3 million However the number of girls nationwide has risen from 300000 in 1972 to 24 million in 2001 In Allegheny County alone 10067 girls played sports in the same year If Title IX really was taking opportunities away from boys then logically the number of boys playing sports would have declined as the number of girls inclined At the collegiate level the number of female participants jumped from 38000 in 1972 to 113000 in 1995 In 1996 women brought 19 gold medals home from the Olympics in Atlanta with four won by swimmer Amy Van Dyken Despite this proof that women can participate in athletics without endangering the mens success complaints surface about Title IX Some even claim that the law discriminates against men When colleges must change athletic programs to comply with
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