June 20, 2012 marked 40 years the Title IX educational amendment was signed into law. Title IX is an amendment to the Higher Education Law of 1965 which forbids sexual discrimination in any educational arena, whether athletically, academically, socially or professionally. It requires that all individuals be treated equally.
Not only did Title IX change the tone of the educational environment, it also spawned substantial changes for women’s athletics. “The passing of Title IX in 1972 has done a great deal for women throughout all facets of education,” stated Kristene Kelly, Associate Athletic Director/Senior Woman Administrator at Saint Augustine's University. Kelly went on to say, “I know most often, people associate Title IX with athletics and in fact, that is an area which has seen significant growth for women. However, the intent of the law was to give women more opportunities in education.”
Title IX had a monumental impact on the athletic scene at St. Aug. “Athletically, Saint Augustine's University has experienced huge growth in opportunities for women in leadership and coaching positions as well as opportunities to participate in different sports,” stated Kelly. “ Our president, Dr. Dianne Boardley Suber has made it a point to enhance the scholarship dollars for our women’s sports as well as increase the number of women we have employed in athletics. When I was hired three-and-a-half years ago, we had just three full-time females in athletics. Now, we have nine full-time female employees. Think about it, forty years ago, there would not have been a woman with the decision-making authority to help other women. Title IX helped make that happen.”
Pictured: The women's basketball team during the 2012 CIAA basketball tournament with the first female president of the University, Dr. Dianne Boardley Suber.
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