Women’s Voices of Expertise & Experience

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Women’s Voices of Expertise & Experience

Title IX: 50 years of progress, but gaps remain

 

“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

— Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972

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Gender equality has made great strides since Title IX’s passage 50 years ago. But society still has a long way to go. The Institute is marking Title IX’s 50th anniversary by shining a light on persistent gender financial inequality. Two key facts motivate our work: women earn just 83 cents on the dollar compared to men, and once women stop working, their retirement savings and investments, compared to men’s, generate about 30% less income.

For perspectives on these and related issues, we’ve commissioned new reports and research briefs. We’ve also launched a new series called Women’s Voices of Expertise and Experience: Insights to Help Retire Inequality that features brief commentaries written by women leaders and scholars. We will continue to post more work as it’s completed.

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Insights to help retire inequality

September 2022

Title IX is powerful legislation. In a single sentence it precipitated a sea change for girls’ and women’s sports participation nationwide. But the data reveal there’s still a long way to go to achieve gender equity, and more progress is long overdue.

September 2022

Women are more likely than men to go to college and complete their degrees, which can lead to increased earnings for years to come. That’s the good news. The bad news is women are more likely than men to rely in part on student debt to finance their educations.

September 2022

Women are more likely than men to borrow to help pay for college. Moreover, because their after-college earnings are lower than men’s, they may have to make bigger sacrifices to repay their loans.