Las Vegas, Nev. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored a resolution honoring the 47th Anniversary of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX). The passage of Title IX created unprecedented opportunities for women, girls and LGBTQ individuals to find success both in academics and athletics. Introduced by U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.), this resolution honors the anniversary by reaffirming the commitment to strengthening Title IX and ensuring equity in the education system.
“As this Administration works to turn back the clock on hard-won rights for women, LGBTQ individuals and survivors of sexual assault in schools, we have a moral obligation to defend Title IX protections. This shouldn’t be up for partisan debate – we know students can’t focus on their intellectual, social and personal growth during their formative years when they feel unsafe at school. I’ll continue fighting to preserve the spirit of Title IX so every student in Nevada, and across the country, has equal access to safe and quality education.”
In addition to Senators Cortez Masto and Murray, U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), Thomas R. Carper (D-Del.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Christopher S. Murphy (D-Conn.), Jeffrey A. Merkley (D-Ore.), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Cory A. Booker (D-N.J.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D-Penn.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.), Gary C. Peters (D-Mich.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) also cosponsored this resolution.
Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.) led a companion resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Title IX was first passed to address widespread discrimination of women and girls in all aspects of their education. Critically, Title IX also encompasses protections against gender-based violence, sexual harassment and assault, stalking and dating violence. It also includes protections for LGBTQ, gender-non conforming and pregnant or parenting students to ensure equal education opportunities for all.