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Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a comprehensive provision of federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex under any education program or activity receiving federal funding. The law initially garnered publicity for its applicability to gender equity in school sports, as it requires that men and women have equal opportunities to participate in athletics. Beyond scholastic athletics, Title IX guides the ways institutions support the academic success of pregnant or parenting students, aim to close the gender gap in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and...

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On average, full-time working women are paid 80 percent of what men are paid, and for women of color, the wage gap is even greater. The data are clear: women with the same education and same work experience as their male counterparts are still paid less for the same work. And, once a woman faces wage disparity, recouping those losses may not be possible. The pay gap is just one example of pervasive gender discrimination that follows women throughout life.

While college graduation is not the first time a woman faces sex discrimination, it is an important diverging point when this...

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Reproductive rights is centered around access to care and the autonomy to make choices surrounding one’s body. However, a conversation that is frequently overlooked is that of education –specifically, sexuality education – that impacts an individual’s ability to make appropriate and informed decisions about their body. Without this education, individuals are left unaware of risks associated with sexual activity, are unclear on definitions of consent and are not necessarily prepared to engage in relationships in a healthy way. Sexuality education should be taught to young people and...

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On June 7, 1965, in the landmark case Griswold v. Connecticut, the Supreme Court overturned a Connecticut law that prohibited married women from accessing family planning services, specifically birth control. The Court’s decision established that married couples have a constitutional right to privacy, which encompasses the choice to use contraception. Only seven years later, the Court extended this right to unmarried couples in Eisenstadt v. Baird (1972), and in the 1973 Roe v. Wade case, the Court made the groundbreaking decision to legalize abortion, relying on the Griswold foundation...

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On June 2, National Gun Violence Awareness Day, people around the country will Wear Orange to bring attention to the epidemic of gun violence that kills 90 Americans each day. One of those lives lost was Hadiya Pendleton. On January 21, 2013, Hadiya Pendleton – a majorette and high school student from the South Side of Chicago – marched in President Obama’s Second Inaugural Parade.  One week later, after finishing final exams, Hadiya was shot and killed in a park near her school, at the age of 15. In the wake of this tragedy, her friends and family wore orange to honor her life. They chose...

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