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Purdue Fort Wayne athletes talk about importance of Title IX and Sen. Birch Bayh

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Female athletes at Purdue Fort Wayne are hailing former Indiana U.S. Senator Birch Bayh as a hero for his role in authoring the Title IX law.

Posted: Mar. 15, 2019 6:33 AM
Updated: Mar. 15, 2019 6:33 AM

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former indiana u-s senator birch bayh passed away today at the age of 91. bayh was a democrat best known for authoring the title nine law. fox 55's abby jackson spoke with some local female athletes about how the bill has helped pave the way for women in the united states. )female athletes at purdue fort wayne are hailing former senator birch bayh as a hero. "all of us here that are in sports today stand on the shoulders of people like birch bayh and others who have always been champions of equal rights for all people." )bayh authored the title nine bill that banned discrimination against women in college admissions and sports. but fairchild says it did so much more. "its biggest impact is that it classifies sexual harassment and sexual assault as sex discrimination." )when bayh championed title nine in 1972, women earned fewer than ten percent of all medical and law degrees... that's why olivia coleman says she attributes her criminal justice degree to title nine. "i feel like without mr. bayh it'd be very hard to get a job in that field with how things are, so i appreciate him for that." )ashley botham is the head cross country and track coach at purdue fort wayne.. she says she coaches both men and women-- the basis of title nine. "it's cool that i have young women looking up to me to see what they want to do with their lives and help to guide them, but i also get to guide young men along the way, too." )botham says because of title nine there's more than three million females doing high school sports and division one at the collegiate level has the highest participation rate at 47 percent."we're not all nurses and teachers anymore. and then males also can feel like, 'i can be a nurse or i can be a teacher,' and i think it just breaks down those stereotypes and lets people be what they want to be, and become who they want to be and chase their dreams without labeling it.")in fort wayne abby jackson fox 55 news.
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