More on Senator Kennedy’s Work on Title IX’s Mike Fish wrote about Senator Kennedy’s role in Title IX, the landmark legislation that provided increased opportunities for women in athletics.  Fish writes that Kennedy’s legacy in sports is more than supporting the passage of the legislation, but protecting the intent of Title IX throughout his years in the United States Senate:

Over the course of time, he played the leading role in keeping Title IX strong through the Senate, using his stature and his savvy to ensure that it remained strong protection for women in athletics,” said Marcia Greenberger, co-president of the National Women’s Law Center. “He certainly was a supporter when it was passed in 1972. And he was also a reliable supporter when attacks on Title IX began shortly after its passage and through to the present day. In the ensuing years, it became an issue of different sorts of skirmishes. Efforts to amend the law. Efforts to deal with funding the Office of Civil Rights and to limit its enforcement. And oversight kinds of issues.

“As his leadership in the Senate grew, his responsibility for ensuring that Title IX remained strong and enforced grew. He became the chief force behind the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987, which virtually re-enacted Title IX after a devastating, narrow Supreme Court decision, which among other things removed Title IX coverage from all intercollegiate athletics in this country.”

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