VIDEO: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Celebrates Anniversary of Patsy Mink’s Historic Title IX Legislation

June 4, 2013
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) celebrated this month’s 41st anniversary of the signing of Congresswoman Patsy Mink’s historic Title IX legislation into law. At an event organized by the American Association of University Women (AAUW), the congresswoman spoke of Title IX’s impact with a group of middle school-aged female athletes, Washington Mystics WNBA players, and supporters of equal opportunity in public schools. She later delivered remarks on the floor of the House of Representatives about the legislation’s significance and the legacy of Congresswoman Mink.

“Congresswoman Patsy Mink led the way to create equal opportunities for women and girls across the country with her landmark Title IX bill,” Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard said on the House floor today. “She grew up wanting to be a doctor and was rejected from over a dozen medical schools in the 1940s simply for being a woman. She went on to attend law school and dedicated her life to battling the status quo.

“Title IX law is a mere 37 words, but over the last 40 years, it has made an incredible impact in the lives of young women around the country. Today, girls can play basketball, volleyball, golf, tennis – or even football. Patsy opened the door for these opportunities. Many young women have walked through this door, paving the way for great athletes everywhere.”

Title IX was signed into law by President Richard M. Nixon in June 1972. Before its implementation, fewer than 300,000 women and girls were participating in high school athletics. Today, more than 3 million participate.

Photos from the AAUW event and a full transcript of her floor remarks are below:

 

#1: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard delivers remarks at a Title IX celebration hosted by the American Association of University Women (AAUW), the WNBA’s Washington Mystics, and The Fabulous 70s, a Senior Olympics gold-medal-winning women’s basketball team.

#2: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard signs a commemorative basketball at the AAUW event. She signed alongside other Members of Congress who have expressed support for Title IX and equal opportunity in public education.

#3: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (right) joins local middle school student-athletes, WNBA Washington Mystics players, and members of The Fabulous 70s Senior Olympics team at a basketball clinic on Capitol Hill. The students also participated in a basketball skills clinic with the WNBA players.

 

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard’s remarks on the House floor:

Mr. Speaker, forty-one years ago, President Nixon signed the landmark Title IX legislation into law, giving girls and boys equal opportunities in sports.

What many people don’t know is that there was a 5’2” Japanese-American woman from Hawai‘i who was behind this law. While she may not have been a contender for the WNBA, she laid the groundwork for women to participate in sports at every level. She was a fierce fighter for equal treatment and rights for women, and held the seat in Congress which I am privileged to hold today.

Congresswoman Patsy Mink led the way to create equal opportunities for women and girls across the country with her landmark Title IX bill. She grew up wanting to be a doctor and was rejected from over a dozen medical schools in the 1940s simply for being a woman. She went on to attend law school and dedicated her life to battling the status quo.

Title IX law is a mere 37 words, but over the last 40 years, it has made an incredible impact in the lives of young women around the country. Today, girls can play basketball, volleyball, golf, tennis – or even football. Patsy opened the door for these opportunities. Many young women have walked through this door, paving the way for great athletes everywhere.

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