Article "Block That Kick"

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Article "Block That Kick"


This article which appeared in the Wall Street Journal on April 12, 1979 discusses how the law has changed to forbid "sex discrimination in educational institutions that get federal funds." It brings up that the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW) has introduced policy that would require schools receiving federal funding to provide proportional funding equal to the number of people participating in athletics. The author writes that, "In other words, it is going to demand 'substantially equal per capita expenditures' - on athletic scholarships, recruitment, equipment and supplies, travel and publicity." The author continues to make an argument that this policy leaves many schools with few options and that "if schools cut too much, they risk hurting their teams' competitiveness and therefore their revenue potential." They write that because women's' participation in college athletics has more than doubled and women make up 26% of the country's intercollegiate athletes, then there is no need for such "drastic measures." Finally, the author ends the article with a claim that there is "something deeper at work here: a drive to see all American institutions governed by the same system of rewards.." They call for HEW to consider different factors before issuing its final guidelines and asks for Congress to do so if HEW does not. This article was sent to University of Richmond President E. Bruce Heilman by Virginia Congressman David E. Satterfield III attached to a letter on April 16, 1979.


"Block That Kick", The Wall Street Journal, 12 April 1979, RG 6.2.5 Box 25 Folder 8B "U.S. Government - Title IX - HEW (1980-1981)", University Archives, Virginia Baptist Historical Society.


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