Title IX: Career Education In The United States

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Title IX
On January 1, 1863, Abraham Lincoln gave the famous Emancipation Proclamation stating that all slaves should be set free and they shall be treated equally with white people. 109 years later the United States finally passed a law that stated women should be equal to men in government funded programs or activities. This law is called Title IX, according to the article “Triumphs of Title IX” which was posted in Ms. Magazine, Patsy Mink, Edith Green, and Bernice Sandler were the first women to start pushing for this law to be passed in the early 1970’s. These women started creating this idea after each one of them had been discriminated because they were women. Mink was repeatedly denied admission to different schools to become a doctor.
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Career education is important because choosing a career without knowing much about it can be a problem. The person might not know what they are even supposed to do. Knowing how much schooling is needed and what programs are needed and where those programs are offered is important in the decision of a career. The article “Career Education” states that before Title IX, many women were only allowed to take the “girly” vocational classes such as cooking or sewing. While men were only allowed to take ”manly” vocational classes like wood shop or metal shop. Even if a woman wanted to take a shop class, the school would deny them the opportunity because the school considered it inappropriate for women to take a class such as small gas engines, wood shop, or metal shop. If men would like to take a cooking class they could also be denied because it was inappropriate for them. Only letting women take certain classes hurt them because the classes they were taking were training them for lower wage jobs such as health aides or cosmetologists instead of what they actually wanted to do. The classes that boys were taking led them into higher paying jobs than the classes that girls were taking. Now, students are not restricted to classes that are “appropriate” for them to be taking, but can be in any class they want. Whether a girl wants to take a automobile class or a guy wants to take a child development class the school can not deny them …show more content…
Whether it be in textbooks or in the classroom itself. According to the article “Learning Environment”, many textbooks before Title IX referred to guys being brave, honorable, and active. Textbooks rarely referenced girls and when they did then only a few certain characteristics were usually attributed to them, such as dependence or nurturing. In the classroom itself, girls were brought up thinking that boys were good at math and science and girls were good at art and literature. Nowadays, the stereotypes are changing. Girls are recognized as equal to boys in textbooks and now there is a much less significance in the stereotype that boys are better at a certain subject than girls are. Today, the stereotype is more along the lines of boys being better at shop. Which is most likely because few girls take shop classes. It is also believed that girls are better at art because more girls take art classes than guys. “Girls are encouraged to think of themselves in future careers not only as mothers, nurses, secretaries or teachers, but also as scientists, doctors, lawyers and engineers.” There is still a problem with this section of Title IX because many schools still have single sex classes. This is a problem because single sex classes are violating Title IX as well as the Constitution. Some schools have classes that very few students sign up for, if all the students that want to take the class end up

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