Stanford’s VanDerveer laments ongoing disparity 50 years after Title IX became law

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MINNEAPOLIS — This year marks the 50th anniversary of Title IX, the landmark legislation banning gender-based discrimination at schools receiving federal funding. The law sparked a revolution in women’s sports, but issues remain a half-century later.

USA Today researched data on athletic spending and published its findings this week. The report shows many schools still spent significantly more on men than women — 71 cents on women’s sports for every dollar spent on men’s sports.

“It’s really discouraging to think that 50 years after Title IX, the law is not being enforced,” Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer said Thursday. “I think it’s sad for the women and the programs. …

“We all have sisters, daughters and nieces who are not getting the support they deserve. I call it hot dogs for the girls and steak for the boys. It will be a great time when you don’t need Title IX, but unfortunately there’s still discrimination and we need to keep battling.”

Connecticut’s Geno Auriemma preferred to focus on another equity issue. He’s unhappy men’s teams had at least five days off before the Final Four, while his team has only three before facing Stanford on Friday night.

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