When Title IX was signed into law June 23, 1972 by President Richard Nixon, it deemed that no person is to be denied access to an educational program or activity receiving federal assistance on the basis of sex.
Though its after-effects may appear to have the most significant impact on sports, the gender-equity law also played a large role in what happens in classrooms.
Title IX also addresses key areas such as career education, technology and services for pregnant teens and teen parents. Locally, educators and parents have done their best to make sure schools past the test.
Kay Nixon (no relation to the president) began her education career as a business teacher in Arkansas in the 1980s. Now coordinator of Career and Technical Education programs for Rutherford County Schools, the biggest impact she’s seen as an educator has been in making sure all vocational programs have something to offer students of both sexes.