MADISON, Wis.—University of Wisconsin System President Jay Rothman issued this statement today:
“Fifty years ago today, the strongest federal protection prohibiting sexual discrimination in schools, universities, and educational programs receiving federal funding was signed into law. Since its enactment, Title IX has had an enduring impact on gender equity by revolutionizing women’s access to athletics and educational opportunities. Title IX also addresses issues related to sexual harassment and sexual misconduct, pay equity, and gender discrimination. The University of Wisconsin System continues to advance Title IX progress through initiatives that work toward creating and maintaining an inclusive and equitable community for our faculty, staff, and students as well as others who interact with our universities.
“The University of Wisconsin System today celebrates the 50th anniversary of Title IX and its continued impact on the lives and experiences of faculty, staff, students, and the community.”
The University of Wisconsin System serves approximately 165,000 students. Awarding nearly 37,000 degrees annually, the UW System is Wisconsin’s talent pipeline, putting graduates in position to increase their earning power, contribute to their communities, and make Wisconsin a better place to live. Nearly 90 percent of in-state UW System graduates stay in Wisconsin five years after earning a degree – with a median salary of more than $66,000. The UW System provides a 23:1 return on state investment. UW System universities also contribute to the richness of Wisconsin’s culture and economy with groundbreaking research, new companies and patents, and boundless creative intellectual energy.