June 23 marks the 50th anniversary of the passing of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. This landmark law prohibits sex-based discrimination by institutions that receive federal money for education. From admissions to athletics to sexual harassment protections, it's had a tremendous effect on expanding access and equality for women and girls.
The books below highlight the impact of Title IX—on sports, which it is most closely associated with, on education as more women have had the opportunity to enter traditionally male-dominated careers, and on campus protections against the epidemic of sexual assault which has received heightened attention in the #MeToo era. Many of these books portray not only how the promise of Title IX has been delivered on, but how it has fallen short, and how inequality persists beyond the reach of the law.
Summaries provided via NYPL’s catalog, which draws from multiple sources. Click through to each book’s title for more.