Women’s Movement

Title IX:

While working on the school desegregation case, Suzy Post came to the realization that the problems facing African Americans were also affecting women of all color in the school system. With this new knowledge and drive to solve the injustice faced by women, Post directed her attention to ensuring that Title IX was being enforced. She became very passionate about what Title IX could accomplish in every educational aspect, not only in sports, and worked towards solving these injustices in schools around Louisville [2].

In order to implement her ideas into action, she became a part of PEER, or Project for Equality Educational Resources [2]. This group organized volunteers to go into schools around Louisville and take surveys of the teachers, counselors, students, coaches, staff, faculty, and other people working directly with children in the schools. These surveys showed what violations were being committed [2]. With this information, she was able to take the appropriate steps in making sure that these violations weren’t committed again.

After conducting the interviews, there was a specific process that she had to go through to convict the schools of the violations that she found. By contacting this PEER headquarters, who then came to Louisville to make sure that the violations she found were legitimate. Headquarters found 27 violations in the Jefferson County Public Schools and put Suzy Post in charge of resolving these issues [2]. Post immediately began putting her plans into action. She met with principals, superintendents, teachers, and coaches to show how to address the problems that girls were facing in the school system [2].

Initially, she met great amounts of resistance, especially in athletics. When she wanted to switch the girls’ basketball games from during meal times to during the times when the boys played basketball, a lot of people argued with her that this was unfair and that the boys’ games were much more important [2]. However, she insisted in continuing to gain equality for women and, surprisingly, found a lot of support with the fathers’ of girls. The fathers stood up for their daughters and pushed for them to have the same rights and opportunities as boys did [2]. With this support, the women’s movement in schools around Louisville picked up speed and girls began obtaining some of the same rights that boys had.

Thanks to Suzy Post, Title IX gained a lot of momentum and was enforced in Louisville.  Post worked with different organizations, such as the National Council of Jewish Women, the League of Women Voters, and other women’s groups, to gain volunteers and support for her work [2]. She didn’t give up and gained the rights that she knew women deserved.

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[1]: Baldwin , Yvonne, and John Ernst. “The Not So Silent Minority: Louisville’s Antiwar Movement: 1966-1975.” The Journal of Southern History. 73. (2007): 105-142. http://www.jstor.org/stable/27649318 (accessed March 1, 2013).

[2]: Thuesen, Sarah . “Documenting the American South: Oral Histories of the American South.” Documenting the American South homepage. http://docsouth.unc.edu/sohp/playback.html?base_file=U-0178 (accessed January 30, 2013).

[3]: Brinson, Betsy. 1999. Interview with Suzy Post. Kentucky Civil Rights Oral History Project, Kentucky Oral History Commission and Kentucky Historical Society,http://205.204.134.47/civil_rights_mvt/media/KCRP.20.B.1.Post.pdf (accessed April 17, 2013).

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