March is Women's History Month

We must always remember that America’s potential can only be realized when all of its citizens, regardless of gender, have equal access to educational opportunities.

This month is National Women’s History Month and the focus this year is on women's education and empowerment. Today, women have taken a dominant role in the ranks of higher education, comprising more than half the students enrolled in institutions of higher learning. Maryland women are faring even better: 58.8 percent of Marylanders enrolled in higher education are women and 54.6 percent of all higher education degrees in the state—which include associate, bachelor, master and doctoral degrees—are awarded to women.

I want to recognize a Maryland woman who I believe has been a real hero in the battle to bring gender equality to education. Dr. Bernice R. Sandler is known as the "Godmother of Title IX" for her work in creating and implementing the law that requires gender equity for boys and girls in every educational program that receives federal funding. 

Dr. Sandler's activism in this area started in the late 1960s when she was denied a faculty position at the University of Maryland because her opinions and activism were deemed "too strong for a woman." Dr. Sandler did not give up; instead, she worked with the Women's Equity Action League and members of Congress to lead hearings that documented acts of discrimination against women in employment and education.

These hearings led to the passage of Title IX in 1972, a landmark piece of legislation banning sex discrimination in schools. Dr. Sandler is included in the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame in recognition of all she has achieved.

Title IX in its original form was intended to end discriminatory hiring and employment practices in federally financed institutions. The implementation of Title IX regulated educational activities, including athletic programs, and has been instrumental in opening up opportunities for women and girls in traditionally male-dominated programs.

Education is the stepping stone to success in our nation. Dr. Sandler understood that and courageously fought for equality and fairness in institutions of higher learning. We owe much to Dr. Sandler and to those who fought for Title IX, and we must always remember that America's potential can only be realized when all of its citizens, regardless of gender, have equal access to educational opportunities.

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Michael Brown March 20, 2012 at 12:31 AM
How ironic that it is Women's History Month. - Georgia state Rep. Terry England compares women to farm animals while discussing an anti-abortion bill requiring women to carry to term even fetuses that will be stillborn because of medical problems, without regard to the woman's health. (www.ajc.com/news/georgia-government/georgia-house-passes-fetal-1367649.html) - 11 state legislatures planning to require women to undergo involuntary vaginal penetration (rape?) by six- to eight-inch ultrasound probe should they decide to have an abortion. (motherjones.com/mojo/2012/03/transvaginal-ultrasounds-coming-soon-state-near-you) - Arizona's bill to limit health insurance coverage of contraception to only those women who can prove to their employers it is not for contraception. (onnidan1.com/forum/index.php?topic=62112.0) - Imprisoning women for murder of their unborn children because they were reckless with their own lives. (www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jun/24/america-pregnant-women-murder-charges) - Feminazis and sluts (www.jesus-is-savior.com/Womens%20Page/militant_feminazi.htm and www.cleveland.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2012/03/rush_limbaugh_learns_the_hard.html) Much of the celebrated Women's History is the transformation from property to equality. It seems today's women, have taken for granted the gains made by past generations. Women's History is being made now. Get involved, whether you are conservative or liberal, to protect your freedom and your rights.


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