NCAA Gender Equity Bill Introduced By House Democrats During March Madness

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Politicians are using March Madness to spread awareness to issues.

Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Jackie Speier (D-CA), and Mikie Sherrill (D-N.J.) issued a letter to NCAA president Mark Emmert on March 14 condemning the governing body’s work in the area of diversity.

They then presented the Gender Equity in College Sports Commission Act to address their concerns on Thursday.

The legislation would create a committee to investigate NCAA equality. The bipartisan panel of 16 legislators will look into the matter for 12 to 18 months. It would give suggestions for how the NCAA might enhance its operations and how the federal government could “improve oversight.”

“The NCAA has made pathetic progress towards correcting the deeply misogynistic attitudes and treatment of the women’s teams compared to the men’s teams,” Jackie Speier said. “And this continues even after the NCAA was put on notice.”

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