Missing from Title IX debate: women's views

April 09, 2013

The article, "Title IX under fire as colleges cut teams," (April 7) tackled the issue of Title IX proportionality at Towson University, but the perspective of athletic women and female coaches in this debate has been largely missing.

One of the solutions of balancing the number of male and female athletes that was proposed in the article was adding women's teams in universities that are not complying with Title IX requirements. If there were barriers that prevent women from active participation in sports, this solution might not lead to the equality that the title was initially created to enhance.

As a female doctoral student who advocates for women's rights internationally, I believe that addressing sex equality starts from acknowledging women's points of view and carefully listening to their perspective.

Nuha Alhumaid, Baltimore

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