California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly Joint ResolutionNo. 23

Introduced by Assembly Member Bonilla

(Coauthors: Assembly Members Atkins and Cristina Garcia)

(Coauthor: Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson)

June 16, 2015

Assembly Joint Resolution No. 23—Relative to Title IX.


AJR 23, as introduced, Bonilla. Title IX: 43rd anniversary.

This measure would, on June 23, 2015, commemorate the 43rd anniversary of the enactment of Title IX, and would urge Californians to continue to work together to achieve the goals set by Title IX, as specified.

Fiscal committee: no.

P1    1WHEREAS, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is
2a federal law that specifically states that no person in the United
3States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in,
4be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under
5any education program or activity receiving federal financial
6assistance; and

7WHEREAS, All public and private elementary schools and
8secondary schools, school districts, colleges, and universities
9receiving any federal funding must comply with Title IX; and

10WHEREAS, Title IX requires equal access in recruitment,
11admissions, counseling, financial assistance, discipline,
12employment, and athletics; protection from sex-based harassment;
13and equitable treatment of pregnant and parenting students; and

P2    1WHEREAS, Prior to the enactment of Title IX, many women
2and girls faced discrimination and limited opportunities in athletics,
3academics, and extracurricular activities; and

4WHEREAS, Discrimination on the basis of sex can include
5sexual harassment or sexual violence, including rape, sexual
6assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion; and

7WHEREAS, Title IX has been used as a basis in a number of
8complaints alleging sexual violence on college campuses, as sexual
9violence interferes with a student’s right to receive education free
10from discrimination; and

11WHEREAS, Of the 109 colleges and universities under
12investigation by the United States Department of Education for
13their handling of sexual violence cases, 11 are located in California;

15WHEREAS, Title IX, which governs educational equity
16generally, is widely known for ensuring equal access to women
17and girl athletes; and

18WHEREAS, The members of the United States Women’s
19National Soccer Team, which is ranked #2 in the world and
20continues to make our nation proud, all played collegiate level
21soccer; and

22WHEREAS, Title IX regulations require that pregnant and
23parenting students have equal access to schools and activities, and
24that all separate programs for pregnant or parenting students be
25completely voluntary; and

26WHEREAS, Title IX has been the basis for California laws that
27protect graduate students from discrimination on the basis of
28pregnancy in research projects in California universities, laws
29requiring affirmative consent, and current legislation requiring
30lactation accommodations in California schools; and

31WHEREAS, The educational equity guaranteed in Title IX does
32not solely apply to women. It protects everyone from sex-based
33discrimination, regardless of real or perceived sex, gender identity,
34or gender expression; and

35WHEREAS, Although Title IX has increased opportunities for
36girls and women in academics, sports, and other educational
37activities, it has not yet achieved the goal of full equality; now,
38therefore, be it

39Resolved by the Assembly and the Senate of the State of
40California, jointly,
That the Legislature urges Californians to
P3    1continue to work together to achieve the goals set by Title IX of
2increased opportunities for girls and women in academics, sports,
3and other educational activities; and be it further

4Resolved, That the Legislature of the State of California, on
5June 23, 2015, commemorates the 43rd anniversary of Title IX,
6and commends the national movement toward increased equality
7and fair treatment of all students; and be it further

8Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies
9of this resolution to the President and Vice President of the United
10States, to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and to each
11Senator and Representative from California in the Congress of the
12United States.