Monthly Archives: April 2010

Cesarean Sections in the News: Are Women Fully Informed?

Delivery by cesarean section is a hot topic these days.  In recent months newspapers have reported that the rate of c-sections in the U.S. has reached an all-time high; that the federal government has issued new guidelines to encourage vaginal … Continue reading

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Study Reports Decline in Maternal Deaths Globally

A study in the medical journal The Lancet recently reported that the global numbers of maternal deaths have been declining significantly. Maternal mortality remains a major challenge to international health systems, and, despite global health initiatives, had seemingly not experienced … Continue reading

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Vice President Biden and Department of Education Announce Change in Title IX Implementation

Vice President Joe Biden announced yesterday that the Department of Education is rescinding a 2005 policy that allowed schools to show compliance with Title IX by administering email surveys to gauge interest in sports by the underrepresented sex. This is … Continue reading

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Four Women Explore Space at the Same Time

Women have come a long way in space travel: Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space on June 16, 1963, and since then, 47 different women have flown with NASA. In fact, NASA maintains a Women of NASA website … Continue reading

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Pittsburgh Public Schools’ Title IX Audit: Major Problems Found with Gender Equity Throughout the District

Last night, at the Education Committee meeting of the Pittsburgh Public Schools’ Board of Directors, Title IX consultant and auditor Peg Pennepacker presented her findings following an audit of the district’s high school athletics programs. The audit looked at gender … Continue reading

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Pittsburgh Public Schools’ Title IX Audit: The Results Are In

In late 2008, the Women’s Law Project met with members of the Pittsburgh Public Schools’ board of directors and their counsel to advocate on behalf of female athletes in the district and discuss preliminary findings from Right-to-Know requests of several … Continue reading

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What Title IX Has Done for Women’s Sports at Pennsylvania’s Largest University—And What Remains to Be Done

What impact has Title IX had for women’s sports at Penn State University? “I remember women’s teams like lacrosse didn’t even have their own uniforms. They would share with other teams,” [former women’s basketball coach] Domitrovitz said. “The only thing … Continue reading

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