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When We Were Free to BeLooking Back at a Children's Classic and the Difference It Made$
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Lori Rotskoff and Laura L. Lovett

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807837238

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807837559_rotskoff

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On Square Dancing and Title IX

On Square Dancing and Title IX

(p.191) On Square Dancing and Title IX
When We Were Free to Be

Miriam Peskowitz

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter tells the author's family's square-dancing story. That same year, Title IX, formally known as Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, was enacted by Congress, and over the next few years, it was implemented in public schools nationwide. The new law said that no one in the United States would be excluded from participation in any education program or any activity that received federal funds, nor would they be denied the benefits of such programs, nor be subject to discrimination within them. The legal language wasn't specifically about sports, but it came to be interpreted that way, especially because girls had long been excluded from and discriminated against in school sports programs.

Keywords:   square-dancing, Title IX, Congress, public schools, education program, federal funds

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