Colleges Cutting Women's Sports Teams Yield Title IX Lawsuits : The Indicator from Planet Money Several schools have cut women's sports teams during the pandemic, and some of the teams have lawyered up in response. Ultimately, these lawsuits ask the question: how do we measure equality?

Leveling The Playing Field

Leveling The Playing Field

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Last year, Fresno State cut its women's lacrosse team, and it wasn't alone in doing so. Women's sports teams were cut at nearly a dozen schools including Dartmouth, William & Mary, and East Carolina University. Female athletes are saying that what's happening at their schools isn't equal and hasn't been for awhile.

At Fresno State a group of lacrosse players decided to sue their school. Their lawsuit is based on a landmark ruling you might have heard of: Title IX. It says any school that receives federal money can't discriminate on the basis of sex. Men and women should get equal opportunities to play sports, equal athletic financial aid, and equal treatment. But it's not always clear what equal means.

On The Indicator from Planet Money, female athletes are taking their colleges to court.

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