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Lhamon, Scurry and Spencer discuss the societal and cultural impact of Title IX 50 years later

Jasmyne Spencer, Briana Scurry & Catherine Lhamon join Washington Post Live on Thursday, June 23 (Video: The Washington Post)
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The passage of Title IX 50 years ago transformed the playing field for women and girls. Join Washington Post Live on Thursday, June 23 at 11:00 a.m. ET for a series of conversations with Catherine Lhamon, assistant secretary for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Education, Briana Scurry, former goalkeeper for the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team, and Jasmyne Spencer, player for the Angel City Football Club, about the societal and cultural impact of this groundbreaking legislation and the challenges that remain.

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“The proposed rules that we have shared today make clear for the first time in regulation that the prohibition on discrimination on the basis of sex that is in Title IX extends to protect students based on sex stereotypes, sexual orientation, gender identity, it protects pregnant students, it protects every student in every way that a student is in school.” – Catherine Lhamon (Video: The Washington Post)
“What it changes is the clarity of the department’s enforcement and the department’s understanding of what the law is. The law is what Congress wrote already, and the courts over and over and over have made clear that transgender students, gay students, are protected by the sex discrimination protections in Title IX. We want to make sure that our regulations say that, that they’re consistent with what the courts say and that no student, no educator, no one in the school community anywhere has to wonder whether a student is protected.” – Catherine Lhamon (Video: Washington Post Live)
“We have committed that we will engage in a separate rule-making that will begin to address specifically the issue of eligibility to participate in male and female teams. The Congress has given the Secretary special, specific authority to address athletics eligibility under Title IX. We think it deserves the specific attention that Congress conceived in that statutory provision.” – Catherine Lhamon (Video: Washington Post Live)
“Women in positions of power to make decisions and to make policy is the key. I think right now we still have a limited amount of women in positions of power.” ¬– Briana Scurry (Video: Washington Post Live)
“It’s a huge testament to all the work for the women who’ve come before me to really lay the groundwork and fight for that level of equality … Hopefully we can use that momentum to continue to create more equality.” – Jasmyne Spencer (Video: Washington Post Live)

Catherine Lhamon

Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education

Briana Scurry

Former Goalkeeper, U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team

Author, “My Greatest Save”

Jasmyne Spencer

Angel City Football Club Player

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Title IX: The Next Era for Education Justice

(Video: Washington Post Live)

Fifty years ago, the landmark Title IX law was passed, prohibiting sex discrimination in education and ultimately paving the way for a new generation of progress in the fight for gender justice. In a segment presented by the National Women’s Law Center, the organization’s Vice President for Education and Workplace Justice, Emily Martin, will be joined by Director of Justice for Student Survivors, Shiwali Patel, to discuss the next era of Demanding IX for all students – regardless of gender – so that they can learn with safety, dignity, and equality.

Emily Martin

Vice President for Education & Workplace Justice, National Women’s Law Center

Shiwali Patel

Director, Justice for Student Survivors & Senior Counsel, National Women’s Law Center