Fullerton College: A Pictorial History

On June 23, 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 was passed by Congress. Controversial from the start, Title IX required gender equity for both sexes in every educational program that received federal funding. Worried that the Act would negatively affect men’s athletics, many looked for ways to limit the impact of the law. In an editorial (“Title IX Unreasonable”) in the March 7, 1975 issue of the Hornet, Title IX was labeled “just another attempt by women-libbers to receive equal treatment under the law” (p. 2). Women athletes on campus were aware that they were not given the attention of male athletes. In an open letter (“Women Athletes Feel Neglected”) to the Hornet, published on September 20, 1974, Linda Seiler, a softball manager, complained that the student newspaper in the spring semester had only published nine stories on women’s sports in sixteen issues. It took well over a year, but on January 16, 1976, the Hornet devoted a full page of photographs to women athletes on campus (p. 6).
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