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Department of Education Provides Guidance to Schools and Colleges on Handling Sexual Violence

Thursday, April 7, 2011

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights has issued a new guidance letter to schools and colleges to clarify Title IX requirements pertaining to sexual violence and harassment allegations. Under Title IX, schools that receive federal funding are prohibited from engaging in sex discrimination, which includes sexual harassment and violence. The letter provides … Read More

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Honoring Civil Rights Leader Beth Shulman

Monday, February 8, 2010

Civil rights and labor leader Beth Shulman died from complications with pneumonia on Friday, February 5.  Shulman dedicated her life to ensuring that all workers earned living wages and were treated fairly. She worked as a civil rights lawyer, a union attorney, vice president of the United Food & Commercial Workers International Union, and, most … Read More

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High School Athletics Accountability Act Could Encourage Gender Equality in High Schools

Friday, February 5, 2010

Rep. Louise Slaughter, D. N.Y., and Sen. Olympia Snowe, D. Maine, have introduced the High School Athletics Accountability Act of 2009, which would significantly increase the effectiveness of Title IX protection in high school athletic departments.   Title IX of the Education Amendments, passed in 1972, has helped close the gap of inequality in resources given to … Read More

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Today in Civil Rights History: Shirley Chisholm’s becomes First Black Woman Elected to Congress

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Today marks the anniversary of Shirley Chisholm‘s election to Congress in 1968. Chisholm, a Democrat who represented New York’s 12th Congressional District for seven terms from 1969 to 1983, was the first Black woman elected to Congress. In 1972, Chisholm became the first Black woman from a major political party to run for president. Before … Read More

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Today in Civil Rights History: 19th Amendment Gives Women the Right to Vote

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Today marks the 89th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Ratified in 1920, the amendment gave women the right to vote. Women had been gaining suffrage, or the right to vote, on a state-by-state basis throughout the early 20th century, but the amendment granted all U.S. women full voting rights. The amendment’s … Read More

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