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.
- From CNN's Jill Dougherty