Post Title IX, SoCal College Female Athletes Say Inequality in Sports Continues

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — At Riverside Community College, the women’s basketball team chose to make a bold statement in their final game of the season.

The players and coaches all wore T-shirts with the hashtags “Equality in women’s sport” on the front and “We deserve to be here” on the back.

“To lift the torch for anyone and to speak out takes a lot of courage,” said Alicia Berber, head coach of RCC women’s basketball. “I am absolutely proud of my team and the courage they have had to speak out on this issue.”

In question, the team highlights what it says are discrepancies with access to the weight room and the harassment it has suffered from male athletes in demanding it.

“It’s an ongoing problem that I’ve seen all my life and which I think should have been changed by now. So I really want to force action so that it’s not like this for the next generation or my kids,” said team captain Elizabeth Lau.

The team wrote an open letter to the administration of Riverside Community College.

“If any issues are raised, we as an institution will come together and work to resolve those issues in a really positive way,” Riverside Community College District President Gregory Anderson said.

Anderson said the college is dedicated to strengthening its commitment to Title IX.

“They are brave to share their concerns,” he said.

Title IX requires educational institutions to provide equitable access and resources to their male and female athletes.

Legendary Hall of Fame basketball player Cheryl Miller was on hand to lend her support to the team and spoke about the impact of the 1972 law on her and female athletes.

“You used to almost have to suffer in silence when I was performing, but these young women have a voice and they’re ready to raise it and speak out,” Miller said.

The team’s outspokenness on the issue of fairness has drawn attention across the state. During the California Community College Championship, the players and the coach asked Berber to send them t-shirts.

She delivered 463, which the last eight teams wore during their warm-ups.

“No one really knows what Title IX is unless something actually happens to them and it comes to the fore,” Berber said.

As Title IX celebrates its 50th anniversary, Berber says there’s still a lot to do.

ABC-owned television stations and ABC’s Localish feature 50 inspirational stories from around the country for Fifty/50, as part of The Walt Disney Company’s monumental initiative marking the 50th anniversary of the passage of Title IX, the law federal civil rights law that prohibits sexual relations. discrimination in any educational institution that receives federal funding and has given women equal opportunity to play.

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