The Georgia State University Signal, 1976-06-28, "Equal Sex for All: Title IX"

The Georgia State University Signal, "Equal Sex for All: Title IX", June 28, 1976

Despite the positive impact of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, it has a history of sparking controversy. Similar to arguments still made today, claims were made that gender equality meant that men and women had to share bathrooms or locker rooms. Other arguments were that women were just not interested in sports and that adding women’s sports was too financially difficult for institutions.   

The Georgia State University Signal, 1979-04-30, "Killing the Goose that Laid the Golden Egg"

The Georgia State University Signal, "Killing the Goose that Laid the Golden Egg", April 30, 1979

Decatur High School cheerleaders

 Decatur High School cheerleaders, c1940s

Since Title IX’s passing, there has been disagreement over whether or not cheerleading should qualify as a sport. On one hand, high athletic skill is required to participate in competitive cheerleading, on the other hand, some schools use side-line cheerleading as a way to get out of complying with Title IX policies.