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No They Can't

12:21 AM, Jun 25, 2008 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
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The Obama campaign released a statement this week commemorating the 36th anniversary of Title IX.

Goodness knows the 36th anniversary is a big one. Custom holds that people normally mark that important milestone by exchanging gifts made of heavy water. But the Obama campaign had something even better: Nonsense.

Obama explains that,

When Title IX was passed, many schools had formal or informal policies that suggested no young women need apply. High school girls were routinely barred from vocational education classes. Girls who wanted to play sports were told it was too dangerous, too unfeminine. But thanks to Title IX, we have made much progress. Women now make up more than half of the students in our nation's colleges and universities.

In Obama's reading of history, Title IX seems to have forced the remaining single-sex colleges to go co-ed and to now make women more than half of their students. He doesn't say it, but women also get better grades and more bachelor's degrees than men, too. Why not give Title IX credit for that?

It seems like an oversight, except that Obama then goes on to paint a dark picture of the trials young women still must endure:

But even as these facts speak to the progress that we've made, we know that too many of America's daughters grow up facing barriers to their dreams. Women's sports still often get short shrift in high school and college. High school vocational courses still tend to guide women toward lower-paying occupations. And when Americans need new skills to compete in this 21st century economy, women still make up fewer than one in five of our engineering graduates, and the number entering computer and information sciences programs is on the decline.

Obama doesn't dwell on who's crushing the little gals's dreams, but he does propose a fix:

When I'm President, I'll fight to make sure our female students have equal opportunities from pre-kindergarten all the way through graduate school. I will strengthen Title IX enforcement at the Department of Education. I will support the High School Sports Information Collection Act, which directs schools to make information on equality in athletic programs publicly available, as it is at the collegiate level. And I will direct my Department of Education to help schools take proactive steps to fulfill their Title IX obligations in both the sports and academic arenas.

That's right: A High School Sports Information Collection Act. Now if only the senator would do something about the terrible discrimination which sees boys being shortchanged by college admissions and grades . . .