To address the question of why we are seeing a backlash against women seeking Title IX protection on college campuses we must understand some fundamental truths. First, to this day women are treated as an underclass in academia and in the workplace.
This is despite civil rights legislation that was passed in the 1970s to foster equal access and equal pay for women in the job market (Title VII), and equal access to academic opportunities in education (Title IX). The idea was to eliminate covert or overt hostility to women that served to impede the ability or the desire of women to compete equally with men for the fundamental right to an education and to a good job at a fair and equal wage.
As a society, we have failed women in both settings. The failurein academia operates as a gateway to discrimination in the work place. For this reason, it is vitally important that we understand the failings of institutions of higher learning in this country to promote gender equality, and to provide women with equal and safe access to educational opportunities. Correcting this historical problem is not as difficult as one might believe. The blueprint has been provided by the federal Department of Education for almost two decades.
Since the election of the current President and the appointment of Betsy Devos as Education Secretary and the head of the U.S. Department of Education, there have been challenges and recriminations by a crescendo of voices
suggesting that those accused of sexual misconduct towards women students have been and are being discriminated against in favor of an attitude that presumes the accusations to be true and a bias towards coddling the accuser at the cost of due process. The problem is that this backlash is focused on the “wrong syllable.” The real issue is not that universities aren’t getting it right in a debate over he said- she said. They haven’t been getting it right, because they have systematically ignored the guidance given to them by the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), the arm of the Department of Education (DOE) responsible for implementing and enforcing Title IX.