Title IX and Gender Equality in Higher Education

Gender Equality

Since 1987, the United States has officially recognized the month of March as Women’s History Month. The 2016 theme, as selected by the National Women’s History Project, is “Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government.”

Among this year’s honorees is Bernice Sandler, an activist whose efforts to combat discrimination on college campuses earned her the nickname, “The Godmother of Title IX.” The legislation, which makes sexual discrimination illegal in all federally financed education programs, was cosponsored by Congresswoman Patsy Mink, and signed into law by President Richard Nixon in 1972.

Today, students can read Ashford University’s commitment to Title IX within the list of Student Rights and Responsibilities. Meanwhile, issues involving students’ rights and the fight for equality fall to Christina Jaquez, Ashford’s Deputy Title IX Compliance and Student Conduct Specialist.

In the above video, Christina talks with Promoting Awareness and Wellness in Students (PAWs) about gender equality in higher education, community safety at Ashford, and the legacy of Title IX.

Written by Ashford University staff


Women’s History Month (Library of Congress), (n.d.). Retrieved February 02, 2016, from

2016 Theme and 2016 Honorees (National Women’s History Project). (n.d.). Retrieved February 04, 2016, from

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