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March 4, 2022

Woman Power! U.S. Postal Service Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Title IX

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Photo: Woman Power! U.S. Postal Service celebrates the 50th anniversary of Title IX with four new stamps.

WASHINGTON, March 3, 2022 — Just five days before International Women’s Day, the U.S. Postal Service commemorated legislation that leveled the playing field, literally, for women and girls nationwide in the USA with the dedication of four Title IX Forever stamps.

The U.S. Congress enacted Title IX, and President Richard Nixon signed it in 1972. The act prohibits sex discrimination in any educational program or activity receiving federal financial aid.

Title IX states: No person in the United States shall, based on sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

“Title IX created pathways for enriching women’s programs, allowing for a broader range of competitive offerings, more robust physical education regimens, and equivalent resources,” said Amber McReynolds, member of the USPS Board of Governors. Amber McReynolds was the dedicating official during the related U.S. Department of Education ceremony in Washington, DC. “I can personally attest to the positive impacts of Title IX. I have seen my daughter excel with the increased opportunities available to her. I am thankful she can grow up knowing these rights are not only deserved but expected.”

Also participating in the event were Cindy Marten, deputy secretary, Department of Education; Catherine Lhamon, assistant secretary, Office of Civil Rights, Department of Education; Sheila Johnson, president and managing partner, Washington Mystics; Donna de Varona, double Olympic gold medalist and first president of the Women’s Sports Foundation and Melinda Beck, stamp designer and artist.

Four different stamps feature dark blue silhouettes of one of four female athletes: a runner, a swimmer, a gymnast, and a soccer player. Yellow laurel branches, symbolic of victory, rest in their hair and on the swimmer’s cap. The four Forever stamps are in a pane of 20. The art director was Derry Noyes.

Source: U.S. Postal Service

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