Amended in Assembly June 22, 2015

California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly Joint ResolutionNo. 23

Introduced by Assembly Member Bonilla

(Coauthors: Assembly Members Atkinsbegin delete and Cristina Garciaend deletebegin insert Cristina Garcia, Achadjian, Alejo, Baker, Bloom, Bonta, Brown, Burke, Calderon, Campos, Chang, Chau, Chávez, Chiu, Chu, Cooley, Cooper, Dababneh, Daly, Dodd, Eggman, Frazier, Eduardo Garcia, Gatto, Gipson, Gomez, Gonzalez, Gordon, Gray, Hadley, Roger Hernández, Holden, Irwin, Jones-Sawyer, Kim, Lackey, Levine, Linder, Lopez, Low, Maienschein, Mayes, McCarty, Medina, Melendez, Mullin, Nazarian, Obernolte, O’Donnell, Olsen, Perea, Quirk, Rendon, Ridley-Thomas, Rodriguez, Salas, Santiago, Steinorth, Mark Stone, Thurmond, Ting, Waldron, Weber, Wilk, and Williamsend insert)

(Coauthor: Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson)

June 16, 2015

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


AJR 23, as amended, 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
P1    1States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in,
2be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under
3any education program or activity receiving federal financial
4assistance; and

5WHEREAS, All public and private elementary schools and
6secondary schools, school districts, colleges, and universities
7receiving any federal funding must comply with Title IX; and

8WHEREAS, Title IX requires equal access in recruitment,
9admissions, counseling, financial assistance, discipline,
10employment, and athletics; protection from sex-based harassment;
11and equitable treatment of pregnant and parenting students; and

12WHEREAS, Prior to the enactment of Title IX, many women
13and girls faced discrimination and limited opportunities in athletics,
14academics, and extracurricular activities; and

15WHEREAS, Discrimination on the basis of sex can include
16sexual harassment or sexual violence, including rape, sexual
17assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion; and

18WHEREAS, Title IX has been used as a basis in a number of
19complaints alleging sexual violence on college campuses, as sexual
20violence interferes with a student’s right to receive education free
21from discrimination; and

22WHEREAS, Of the 109 colleges and universities under
23investigation by the United States Department of Education for
24their handling of sexual violence cases, 11 are located in California;

26WHEREAS, Title IX, which governs educational equity
27generally, is widely known for ensuring equal access to women
28and girl athletes; and

29WHEREAS, The members of the United States Women’s
30National Soccer Team, which is ranked #2 in the world and
31continues to make our nation proud, all played collegiate level
32soccer; and

33WHEREAS, Title IX regulations require that pregnant and
34parenting students have equal access to schools and activities, and
35that all separate programs for pregnant or parenting students be
36completely voluntary; and

37WHEREAS, Title IX has been the basis for California laws that
38protect graduate students from discrimination on the basis of
39pregnancy in research projects in California universities, laws
P3    1requiring affirmative consent, and current legislation requiring
2lactation accommodations in California schools; and

3WHEREAS, The educational equity guaranteed in Title IX does
4not solely apply to women. It protects everyone from sex-based
5discrimination, regardless of real or perceived sex, gender identity,
6or gender expression; and

7WHEREAS, Although Title IX has increased opportunities for
8girls and women in academics, sports, and other educational
9activities, it has not yet achieved the goal of full equality; now,
10therefore, be it

11Resolved by the Assembly and the Senate of the State of
12California, jointly,
That the Legislature urges Californians to
13continue to work together to achieve the goals set by Title IX of
14increased opportunities for girls and women in academics, sports,
15and other educational activities; and be it further

16Resolved, That the Legislature of the State of California, on
17June 23, 2015, commemorates the 43rd anniversary of Title IX,
18and commends the national movement toward increased equality
19and fair treatment of all students; and be it further

20Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies
21of this resolution to the President and Vice President of the United
22States, to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and to each
23Senator and Representative from California in the Congress of the
24United States.