NEWTON, MA | August 12, 2009
As a female Secretary of State travels the world, and a third female Supreme Court Justice is sworn in, it’s easy to see that women in America have come a long way in the last 100 years. But society’s achievements have come with personal struggles, many of them related in a new book about transformations that took place with the 1972 passage of legislation known as Title IX, prohibiting discrimination in education on the basis of sex. More Than Title IX: How Equity in Education has Shaped the Nation gives voice to the educators, activists, and businessmen and women whose daily lives were forever changed in this pivotal era.
In More than Title IX, women and men who have spent their lives and careers working to achieve gender equity in classrooms and communities describe how hard-won changes in education have improved life in America over the past century.
“Although many people think of Title IX as opening the door to women in athletics, it did so much more,” said co-author Vivian Guilfoy. “The very personal testimonies in this book illustrate how federal legislation mandating gender equity changed education, sparking changes at work, in families, communities, and public policy,” she said.
Guilfoy and co-authors Katherine Hanson and Sarita Pillai explore the history of equity legislation and provide a compelling overview of the women’s movement in the United States, seen through the lens of education. Accessible and written for a lay audience, the 320-page book is particularly relevant for educators, researchers, policymakers, and high school and college students.
The book includes a glossary and a gender equity timeline of landmarks from the 1500s through the present day.
”More Than Title IX describes the development of gender equity in education…and the resulting narrative about the dynamic process that took place between the ‘ordinary’ people of the movement, and its institutions and laws, is inspirational,” said Joan Malczewski of New York University. “[It] compels us to think about how to build on the lessons that were learned.”