Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Title IX legislation


June 23, 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the Title IX legislation . In Piedmont, there will be a variety of activities from a variety of organizations over the next year to raise awareness about Title IX. Title IX is considered by many to be the most important law for equal rights for women after the 1918 right to vote. We hope you will join us in celebrating this milestone in equal rights.

In 1971-72, only 7% of U.S. high school athletes were girls. Nationwide, the number of high school girl athletes grew exponentially – more than 10 times – to 3.4 million. Now, girls comprise 43% of high school athletes. 1 The significant change in participation of girls is a result of Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 that states quite simply:

“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or
activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

As you know, sports provide huge benefits to boys and girls alike.
● Overall, girls who play sports have higher grades and score higher on standardized tests than non-athletes. 2
● Girls who participate in regular exercise experience lower rates of depression.
● Sports provide girls with leadership skills, discipline, and the ability to work in a team which enhance their job prospects.
○ A 2013 study of 821 senior managers and executives found that 94% of female executives played organized sports after primary school.
○ Girls who participate in high school sports have higher rates of labor force participation and earn 7% higher wages. 5

In the 2021-22 school year, girls comprised 45% of Piedmont High School athletic slots, better than the national average, but 55 slots short of equity and compliance with Title IX. We’re hoping to help Piedmont reach parity.

We ask that you support the Title IX anniversary celebration in the following ways:
● Take time to learn and chat with others about what Title IX is and its impact.
● Consider making a tax-deductible donation at the Piedmont Store. Donations will support the efforts to educate our community on Title IX.
● Purchase Piedmont Celebrates Title IX 50th Anniversary merchandise (t-shirts and hoodies) from the Piedmont Store.

Beginning May 16, stop by the PHS Administration office, the Wellness Center, Director of Athletics Bradley Smet’s office or the office of PUSD Title IX Coordinator, Stephanie Griffin, to pick up a free sticker to show your commitment to Title IX!

Thank you for your consideration. And, Go Highlanders!

Piedmont Title IX Celebrators,

Beth Black, PHS Teacher
Jen Cavenaugh, Vice Mayor of Piedmont
Heather Chan, Piedmont Parent/Graphic Designer
Kim DeYoung, Parent Rep to Title IX Audit Task Force and Piedmont Athletic Committee
Stephanie Griffin, PUSD Title IX Coordinator
Chris Hart, President, PHS Boosters
Stacey Hunt, PHS Parents Club President (2022-23)
Molly Lloyd,PHS Boosters Parent Representative
Dana Lung, PEF Board Member
Eva Phalen, Recreation Supervisor, Piedmont Recreation Department
Chelle Putzer, Recreation Director, Piedmont Recreation Director
Cory Smegal, PUSD School Board President
Bradley Smet, PUSD Director of Athletics

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Questions? Contact Piedmont Title IX Team at titleixpiedmont@gmail.com