The Tuesday February 21st city council meeting is a big night in Naperville, because Mayor Steve Chirico is honoring the North Central College women’s Triathlon team for its 2022 USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championship, the fourth such championship in program history, while commemorating 50 years since the passage of Title IX, which guaranteed equal access to educational programs and activities including sports that receive federal financial assistance for high school and college.
In 2022, 50 years after the passage of Title IX, more than three million women were competing in high school and college sports, which according to the Women’s Sports Foundation, is two in every five girls in the U.S. play sports. Before Title IX, the number was less than one in 27.
Now with the introduction of transgender, Title IX is under attack. During the Trump administration, in 2018, the Department of Health and Human Services proposed a definition of gender for Title IX, using the person’s sex assigned at birth, as defining “gender on a biological basis, that is clear, grounded in science, and administrable”. But now under the current administration, Title IX is again under attack, meaning women maybe taking a seat in the back of the bus, as recently witnessed in women’s collegiate swimming and golf.
In the future, what will the council do, when faced with Title IX vs. the proliferation of transgender. Will they buckle to unreasonable pressure, or will they base their decision on common sense.