Hawaii’s Patsy Mink championed and co-authored Title IX, which protected students, teachers and faculty from discrimination on the basis of sex if an educational institution received federal funds — essentially making it the law of the land for almost all schools, universities and colleges.
The state enshrined those rights in state law with HB1489, which was signed into law by Gov. David Ige on July 5, 2018 and will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020. It is the first in the nation that also extends its protection to the LGBQT+ community.
AAUW Hawaii, AAUW Honolulu, AAUW Windward Oahu, AAUW Hilo, AAUW Kona, AAUW Maui and AAUW Kauai applaud Hawaii’s lead in ensuring schools and universities are safe spaces for students and employees.
In a joint statement, the branches commented:
The state branches of AAUW applaud the state’s enshrining the federal guarantees of Title IX or the Patsy T. Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act. The state’s Title IX law goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2020 and prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex under any education program. While this law is most commonly associated with the expansion of women’s collegiate sports, the law also encompasses any form of gender-based discrimination, including sexual assault and harassment in educational institutions.
The State of Hawaii has also expanded the scope of the law to include the LGBTQ+ students and is the first in the nation. We feel this is a positive step forward in the expansion of Title IX’s protections.