ARLINGTON, VA — As the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) convenes its 2002 Title IX Seminar down the street in Crystal City, the Independent Women’s Forum (IWF) asks whether the organization is planning to hold a formal wake for the college men’s sports programs that have died as a result of the current interpretation of Title IX.

“Title IX is a well-intentioned piece of equal opportunity legislation that, thanks to misguided regulations and feminist politicking, has become a weapon for pursuing gender quotas in college sports,” comments IWF Senior Fellow Christine Stolba.

“Over the past few years, feminist organizations, the courts, and the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights have made the proportionality test — the requirement that the percentage of women and men on sports teams mirror the percentage of women and men in the entire student body — into a brutal numbers game. Colleges and universities have had no choice but to eliminate men’s sports programs. Across the country, men’s wrestling, baseball, golf, swimming, and gymnastics teams have been cut to bring colleges into compliance with the proportionality test.”

“But proportionality ignores men’s and women’s demonstrated preferences for playing sports, and ultimately undermines the gender-neutral principle of equal opportunity enshrined in Title IX,”Stolba said.

“We hope that the Department of Education will take the opportunity, on this, the 30th anniversary of Title IX, to reassess its regulations and return to the original intent of the statute: equal opportunity.”

The Independent Women’s Forum, founded in 1992, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization.