CAPAC Members Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Title IX

Jun 23, 2022

Washington, D.C. — Today, members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) commemorated the fiftieth anniversary of the inclusion of Title IX in the Education Amendments of 1972. This law prohibits sex-based discrimination in federally funded schools and education programs. Congresswoman Patsy Mink of Hawaii, a former CAPAC Chair, was instrumental in the inclusion of Title IX, and, following her death in 2002, the law was renamed the Patsy T. Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act. CAPAC members released the following statements:

CAPAC Chair Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27):

“Fifty years ago, the Education Amendments of 1972 was passed, which included Title IX — prohibiting sex-based discrimination in any education program receiving federal funding, solidifying progress toward gender equity in our education system. However, we cannot recognize this anniversary without acknowledging the hard work and dedication of Congresswoman Patsy Mink. The first Asian American woman, and woman of color, to serve in Congress, Rep. Mink, the author of this law, was a stalwart champion of anti-discriminatory policies and is known as the “Mother of Title IX.” Her trailblazing leadership helped to pave a path we are still marching on toward true gender equity — and I can think of no better way to commemorate these strides forward than by unveiling the Congresswoman’s portrait in the Capitol today.”

Rep. Grace Meng (NY-06), CAPAC First Vice-Chair:

“Fifty years ago today, Title IX became law. Trailblazer Patsy Mink, the first Asian American woman to serve in Congress, authored this legislation to end discrimination in educational programs and activities based on gender. This groundbreaking law has forever altered the world of education, helping to ensure that all children are afforded the same opportunity in school regardless of gender. That is why I have introduced legislation to ensure that our local school districts have fully funded Title IX Coordinators to ensure that no child endures discrimination for who they are. Thousands of students have benefited from Title IX and while we have come incredibly far in the 50 years since Title IX was implemented, there is undoubtedly more work to be done. We must continue to invest in our education system and fight for equality so that our children are able to fully pursue their educational dreams.”

Rep. Ted Lieu (CA-33), CAPAC Whip:

“Fifty years ago, Patsy Takemoto Mink changed America. As the first Asian American woman and woman of color in Congress, Patsy Mink wrote and sponsored the landmark legislation we know today as Title IX. Title IX transformed America by outlawing all forms of sex discrimination in federally funded schools. This legislation set a precedent of equal opportunity within our education system that continues to safeguard our young people’s welfare. Every American should have equal access to safe educational activities, regardless of their gender identity. That’s why I’ve cosponsored legislation like H.R. 5396, the Title IX Take Responsibility Act, which would expand institutional liability in cases of sexual harassment, demanding schools take initiative in the protection of student safety. Democrats will continue to fight for laws that prevent gender discrimination and pursue legislation that promotes equity in our schools.”

Rep. Kai Kahele (HI-02), CAPAC Freshman Representative:

“Hawaiʻi’s Congresswoman Patsy Mink was a fearless trailblazer who fought tirelessly to ensure that women receive equal rights and opportunities in our nation. Today, as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the enactment of Title IX, it is important to honor her work and the critical role that this legislation has played in preventing discrimination and empowering women across our educational institutions. With celebration comes our continued commitment to build off of these incredible achievements. We must tackle new challenges that arise, including fighting to eliminate sexual violence and increasing female representation in STEM programs. As the representative of the congressional district that she formerly served, I strive to uphold her legacy every day by advocating for equal rights and continuing to push for increased opportunities for women.”

Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17):

“Today marks the 50th anniversary of Title IX — a law that has been pivotal in creating opportunities for millions of women in education, on sports teams, and combatting sexual assault in schools. Despite the progress our country has made in achieving equity in schools, we have a long way to go to ensure that everyone — particularly queer and trans women — receive fair treatment and feel safe in the classroom and on sports teams.”

Rep. Barbara Lee (CA-13):

“On this day in 1972, Patsy Mink, the first woman of color and Asian-American lawmaker elected to the House of Representatives, revolutionized civil rights law with the passage of Title IX — a simple clause tucked inside President Nixon’s Education Amendments Act. For 50 years, this statute has addressed vast gender inequality and sex discrimination in education, from protecting female athletes to advancing justice for survivors of sexual assault and discrimination on federally funded campuses. But despite this progress, sexual assault and gender discrimination are still a pervasive epidemic in this country. On the 50th anniversary of Title IX, we honor Mink’s strength and leadership for women while acknowledging the work that remains to achieve full equality and justice in education.”

Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01):

“Title IX was signed into law 50 years ago. Championed by Oregon’s own Representative Edith Green and Representative Patsy Mink of Hawaii, Title IX was an affirmation of the basic principle that everyone is entitled to an educational experience free from discrimination. Title IX touched off sea change in our schools, workplaces, and sports arenas, and it started a wave of advances toward gender equity. Title IX was — and continues to be — a promise we have yet to fulfill. For every dollar colleges spend on men’s sports teams, they spend just 71 cents on similar teams for women. Systemic campus-based sexual assault continues to devastate too many students at our colleges and universities. And around our country, transgender students are being singled out and banned from competing with others and subjected to cruel invasions of privacy. It is beyond time to update and strengthen Title IX protections. Doing so is imperative to achieving true gender equity.”

Rep. Katherine Clark (MA-05):

“For fifty years, Title IX has guaranteed gender equity in athletics and created a legal recourse for sexual harassment on campuses. In the decades since its enactment, Title IX has also been used to protect pregnant and LGBTQ+ students and educators from discrimination. This landmark legislation has transformed the lives and possibilities of generations of women, and as we celebrate its impact on our country, we must recommit ourselves to the fight for true equity.”

Rep. Debbie Dingell (MI-12):

“50 years ago, women from across the country stood up against adversity and worked with Congress to enact Title IX and ban gender discrimination in our public schools. Since then, more women have graduated from college, advanced their careers, succeeded in sports, and so much more. Our country is better off thanks to their achievements, and as we mark this historic anniversary, we must recommit ourselves to ensuring Title IX remains strong for generations to come.”

Rep. Adam Smith (WA-09):

“Fifty years ago today, Title IX became the law of the land, a groundbreaking statute that enshrined gender equality in our education system. By prohibiting federally funded educational institutions from discriminating on the basis of gender, Title IX helped clear the way for women and girls across the country to thrive. Today, as we celebrate the anniversary of this landmark achievement and the progress that has been made since, we also remember Patsy Mink, who was instrumental in the fight for gender equality. Patsy, the first woman of color and first Asian-American to be elected to the House of Representatives, was the major driver of the crucial legislation that created Title IX. May we continue to live out Patsy’s legacy and work to protect and expand equal rights for every person across the United States.”