Title IX amendment celebrates 36 anniversary

Marilyn Moniz-Kaho'Ohanohano
Marilyn Moniz-Kaho'Ohanohano

By Jason Tang - bio | email

MANOA (KHNL) - It affects all areas of education, but Title IX of the education amendments is mostly known for it's impact on athletics.

June 23 is the 36th anniversary of Title IX, which prohibits sex discrimination in federally funded educational programs and activities.

They started with a women's track and field program in the sixties.

But in 1972 the University of Hawaii at Manoa organized women's volleyball.

And thanks in part to Title IX, they've been expanding women's athletics ever since.

"We had about 100 athletes when I came back to the program in 1989 and we have 200 female athletes in our program," said Marilyn Moniz-Kaho'Ohanohano, UH Associates Athletics director.  "At that time our budget was $1 million, and now our budget is over $4 million for women's athletics."

Currently UH fields 12 women's programs.

But athletics pale in comparison to their main goal of providing education.

"One of the most important is the opportunity to get a scholarship to go to the University of Hawaii and to be able to graduate," said Moniz-Kaho'Ohanohano.

Despite the progress, equality has not yet been achieved, especially in monetary support. A problem on campuses across the country.

"Because of the emphasis on our major men's sports, the commitments we've made financially, it's been very difficult for athletics departments to sustain the immense growth in their athletic programs and that's kind of dampered the growth of women's athletics," said Moniz-Kaho'Ohanohano.

But don't despair. Since it's passing, young women's participation has increased 400% in colleges and 800% in high schools.

Marilyn Moniz-Kaho'Ohanohano was also one of the beneficiaries of Title IX.

She began her four-year volleyball career at UH, the same time the program was created.