Snap Fact #245
On the 40th anniversary of the law that ended gender discrimination in schools, President Barack Obama reflects on how Title IX shaped a generation of strong women!

Today's SNAP-FACT is a bit of a departure from the norm. The distinction today is that we are not memorializing a tangible accomplishment of the President. Rather, we are acknowledging a foundational belief of the President, and we are doing it solely in his own words from a magazine article: "Entitled to a Fair Shot: The President Reflects on the Impact of Title IX. Newsweek,July 2 & 9, 2012. (The full text is available at the link below)

"Well, 40 years ago, committed women from around the country, driven by everyone who said they couldn’t do something, worked with Congress to ban gender discrimination in our public schools. Title IX was the result of their efforts, and this week, we celebrated its 40th anniversary—40 years of ensuring equal education, in and out of the classroom, regardless of gender. . . Title IX ensures equality for our young people in every aspect of their education. It’s a springboard for success: it’s thanks in part to legislation like Title IX that more women graduate from college prepared to work in a much broader range of fields, including engineering and technology. I’ve said that women will shape the destiny of this country, and I mean it. The more confident, empowered women who enter our boardrooms and courtrooms, legislatures, and hospitals, the stronger we become as a country."
"And that is what we are seeing today. Women are not just taking a seat at the table or sitting at the head of it, they are creating success on their own terms. The women who grew up with Title IX now pioneer scientific breakthroughs, run thriving businesses, govern states, and, yes, coach varsity teams. Because they do, today’s young women grow up hearing fewer voices that tell them “You can’t,” and more voices that tell them “You can”. . .We have come so far. But there’s so much farther we can go. There are always more barriers we can break and more progress we can make. As president, I’ll do my part to keep Title IX strong and vibrant, and maintain our schools as doorways of opportunity so every child has a fair shot at success. And as a dad, I’ll do whatever it takes to make sure that this country remains the place where, no matter who you are or what you look like, you can make it if you try. . . ." 

If you agree that a person’s underlying thoughts are a clear window to their character, than President Obama’s expressed opinions on Title IX will allow you to see right inside this man’s mind and let you decide if you personally agree or disagree with his views. If you want more, we recommend that you read the entire article – available by clicking the URL below.