Louise Line: Promoting Equality in Education
In the classroom, on the playing field, the laboratory and everywhere else, women and men should have equal access to the resources they need to succeed. This is something I’ve said and worked toward throughout my career.
This week, I continued that fight by introducing the Patsy T. Mink Gender Equity in Education Act, a bill that would provide more resources for schools—including colleges and universities—to fully implement Title IX, a law that prohibits sex discrimination in federally-funded education and research programs. This bill would also establish an Office of Gender Equity in the Department of Education, support Title IX coordinators with annual training, and combat discrimination, harassment, bias, and violence based on sexual orientation, gender, and gender identity.
Now more than ever, this legislation is absolutely critical as the U.S. Department of Education rescinds Title IX guidance on sexual assault, which I believe will undermine the intent of the law and make it more difficult for survivors to come forward.
We must always work to ensure the doors of opportunity are wide open for all students, and that’s exactly what this bill will help do. I’m proud to be introducing this bill and leading the fight in the House of Representatives while my colleague and friend, Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI), leads it in the Senate.
A bicameral bill on gender equity in education is exactly what we need to make real progress. It’s proof that when people come together, we can really get things done!