The U.S. Postal Service will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Title IX with the release of four new Forever stamps, at a First Day of Issue (FDOI) ceremony. The stamps feature four female athletes: a runner, a swimmer, a gymnast, and a soccer player.

Passed as a clause in the Education Amendments of 1972, Title IX is a civil rights law prohibiting discrimination based on sex in any educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. In the 50 years since its passage, Title IX has been applied widely at elementary, secondary, and post-secondary institutions. The law covers a broad range of programs and resources.

Most visibly, Title IX has created pathways for enriching women’s athletics programs, allowing for more competitive sports offerings, stronger physical education regimens, and equal spaces to play.

Additionally, Title IX prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking on school campuses or during school programs or activities. Fifty years later, Title IX is still evolving. The law has affected generations of young people in the United States, and the work to provide protections for even more in the future continues.

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