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President Drake: 50 years of advocating for gender equality

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of Title IX, a law that has fundamentally transformed the landscape for gender equity in higher education. This legislation, along with the work of so many over the past five decades, has opened countless doors that were traditionally closed to women. But there are still more doors to open. As we mark this significant milestone, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on the progress we’ve made and the work we still have ahead of us.

Originally aimed at supporting athletic opportunities for girls and women, the impact of Title IX has grown in scope and significance as we have expanded our understanding of what constitutes sex discrimination.

We now look to Title IX to protect the LGBTQIA+ community, ensure pay equity, combat sexual harassment and sexual violence, and so much more. It continues to symbolize this country’s ongoing efforts to achieve gender equity — and the progress we have made stands as a testament to both its necessity and the hard work of many advocates over the last century.

At the University of California, we are committed to continuing our efforts to build a truly inclusive community. Title IX professionals across the University embody this commitment to cultivating equitable educational and employment opportunities for all.

We have made real progress since 1972, but there is still so much to do. As we mark this important anniversary, we will continue to advance the five decades of Title IX progress and hold ourselves accountable to ensure a safe and just UC community where everyone can thrive and fulfill their potential.

Fiat lux!

Michael V. Drake, M.D.
President, University of California

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