April 20th, 2010
06:34 PM ET

Biden announces change in Title IX women's sports policy

Vice President Joe Biden announced Tuesday that the Obama administration is changing the policy that governs gender equality in sports by eliminating what some women's rights supporters claim was a Bush administration loophole in compliance.

The change is a reaffirmation of the government's commitment to providing women with full and equal opportunities in education and sports, said Biden and women who have benefited from the policy, known as Title IX.

"What has happened today is, I think, tremendous for girls and women and the future of their participation," said Susan Bassett, the athletic director at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

"We have a long way to go still, and we want to take away every barrier that exists," Biden said in announcing the policy change.

The Bush administration loophole "gave some an excuse" to avoid strict adherence to the spirit of Title IX, Biden said. Now, he said, that loophole "is wiped out."

The 1972 Title IX amendment mandated gender equity in education and sports programs at educational institutions receiving federal funds.

Read the full CNN.com story

- From CNN's Jill Dougherty

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  1. Justin

    Title IX needs to be overhauled. Base equality on the number of teams, not the number of individual athletes. Otherwise, a 14-0 football program can be cut to save a 3-11 women's volleyball team.

    April 20, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Hugh

    Title IX is in need of a massive overhaul. Not all men play football, but with title IX fully in place, that will be the only sport they can choose to play at educational institutions. Women have full scholarships for bowling and lawn darts, while all mens teams outside of basketball and football will be fighting for survival.
    Solution, equal amount of funding outside of football (because football funds most athletic programs anyway!)

    April 21, 2010 at 1:42 am | Report abuse |