Report Documents the Progress of Women in College Sports Under Title IX

It has been 45 years since the enactment of Title IX provisions calling for gender equality in all aspects of higher education. One of the main focuses of the legislation was on collegiate athletics.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association recently released a new report on the progress that has been made since Title IX was enacted. The NCAA reports that the number of women participating in intercollegiate athletics is at an all-time high. However, women make up 46.7 percent of all student athletes in the NCAA’s Division I and lower percentages in Division II and Division III.

The report found that Division I colleges and universities spend twice as much money on men’s sports than they do on women’s sports.

Women make up 23 percent of all head coaches, athletic directors, and conference commissioners positions in intercollegiate sports. In 2015-16, men made up 59.8 percent of all head coaches of women’s intercollegiate teams. In contrast, women were just 4.6 percent of the head coaches of men’s teams.

In 2015-16, women were 34.5 percent of associate athletics directors. This is a lower percentage than 20 years ago. Women made up 26 percent of all conference commissioners.

The full report, 45 years of Title IX: The Status of Women in Intercollegiate Athletics, may be downloaded by clicking here.

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