June 25, 2017
By Roberta Rincon, Ph.D.
Manager of Research
Society of Women Engineers
This month marks the 45th anniversary of Title IX. The National Coalition for Women and Girls in Education (NCWGE) released a report last week that outlines the progress that has been made since this federal statute was enacted and the challenges that still exist towards full implementation. Representatives from organizations that authored chapters for the report were invited to participate in NCWGE’s Congressional Briefing Panel on June 22 in Washington, D.C. Pam Yuen of the American Association of University Women moderated the panel. The panelists included:
- Neena Chaudhry, Director of Education and Senior Counsel for the National Women’s Law Center, who covered statistics and issues from two chapters: Ending Sexual Harassment and Assault, and Pregnant and Parenting Students. Neena shared examples from her work as a litigator and advocate for the enforcement of Title IX of students that she has represented who were impacted by harassment and discrimination and sought justice through the court system.
- Mimi Lufkin, Chief Executive Officer for the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity, provided an historical perspective of Title IX’s application in her overview of the chapter on Career and Technical Education. She explained the importance of supporting current legislation that will have an impact on students on this educational pathway.
- Roberta Rincon, Manager of Research for the Society of Women Engineers, offered highlights from the Women and STEM chapter. She stated that despite the progress made in STEM, gender gaps remain in math-intensive fields like engineering and computer science, and Title IX compliance measures are necessary to ensure fairness in workplace processes like performance evaluations and tenure decisions.
- Esther Lofgren, a ten-time U.S. National Team member-Rowing, two-time world champion (2010-2011), 2012 Olympic gold medalist in women’s eight and two-time All-American, Harvard University (2007, 2009), shared her personal experience as an athlete who attributes much of her success to the existence of Title IX. Her perspective helped highlight key issues from the Title IX and Athletics chapter of the report.
SWE was honored to participate in this important event, which emphasized the great impact Title IX has had on girls and women in education over the past 45 years, and the need to continue addressing the barriers that are preventing its full implementation.