On June 23, 1972, President Richard Nixon signs into law the Higher Education Act, which includes the groundbreaking Title IX legislation. Title IX barred discrimination in higher education programs, including funding for sports and other extracurricular activities. As a result, women’s participation in team sports, particularly in collegiate athletics, surged with the passage of this act.
Two years ago on this date in my first week of blogging, I wrote specifically about Title IX. The Act is also referred to as the Higher Education Amendments of 1972 (Public Law No. 92‑318, 86 Stat. 235). It is more than just sports related. More women could get a higher education because of this act. Besides being best known for Title IX, this act also modified government programs providing financial aid to students by directing monies directly to the students without the participation of intermediary financial institutions.