What is Title IX?

Title IX — or “The Patsy Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act” — is a federal law that was implemented in the United States in 1972. It states that no educational or otherwise government-funded program shall discriminate against anybody on the basis of sex. In other words, it is illegal for government programs to be sexist. Title IX is considered to be part of the “Education Amendments of 1972,” a series of amendments passed in the United States regarding the public education system. Although different versions of the Title IX law exist in different regions of the country, it always ultimately means the same thing.