U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan issued the following statement today, recognizing the anniversary of Title IX on Sunday, June 23:
"Forty-one years ago, with the enactment of Title IX, Congress took an important step forward on the march toward equality. Since its inception in 1972, Title IX has helped ensure equal opportunity for girls and boys, and women and men, in every aspect of their education.
"As the father of two young children, I've seen first-hand the importance of ensuring that our nation's youth have the opportunities they deserve to make the most of their own lives. Whether it's in the gymnasium or in the classroom, we know that kids prosper when the full range of educational opportunity is provided to them.
"Thanks to Title IX, we've made great progress in creating pathways to success, but we must reaffirm our commitment to uphold its important principles. The Department of Education will continue to work hard to ensure equal access for students of both sexes to schools and programs that will prepare them for college and career, particularly in the subjects of science, technology, engineering, and math; to athletic opportunities, and all the benefits that flow from them; and to safe learning environments, free from sexual harassment and sexual violence. The Department will also continue to protect the rights of pregnant and parenting students.
"More work lies ahead in ensuring that our daughters have the same opportunities as our sons, and we will keep up the fight for progress so everyone has a fair shot at success."