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Political Science


James T. Murphy


Medical research has demonstrated that women¹s physical, mental, and social health improves when they participate in athletics. Historically, men have had nearly exclusive control of sports revenues and opportunities. Women are now breaking down the walls to "men¹s only" activities through a heated debate that revolves around the word equality. But, equity with regard to gender means fairness, not necessarily equality. Proponents of gender equity are urging the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), which is the governing body, to take action and prohibit inequitable conditions in college athletics. Men¹s athletics currently receive over 82% of department budgets. Not only is this unfair, but it could also be illegal. The Department of Education Amendments of 1972 created Title IX, which makes discrimination in educational programs illegal. Not only is gender equity a moral imperative, but it is also a legal obligation.