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Getting in the GameTitle IX and the Women's Sports Revolution$
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Deborah L. Brake

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780814799659

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814799659.001.0001

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The Feminism of Title IX

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Getting in the Game

Deborah L. Brake

NYU Press

This book explores the successes and limitations of Title IX—a federal law banning sex discrimination in federally funded education programs—as a vehicle for social change, especially in the area of women's sports. Using feminist legal theory, the book considers how and why Title IX has been more successful than other sex discrimination laws, at least in certain respects, in getting women into arenas traditionally reserved for men and in changing cultural norms in the process. It also examines the areas where the law has fallen short and the role that it can play in promoting gender equality in sport and in society more generally. As an introduction, this book discusses feminism's neglect of sport, the potential benefits of sport in women's lives, the case for making sex equality in sport a high priority, and Title IX's liberal feminist approach to equality in sports.

Keywords:   sex discrimination, women's sports, sex discrimination laws, Title IX, gender equality, feminism, sports, women, liberal feminism

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