Congratulations to Our Newest Title IX Champions!
Our Title IX Champion award continues to thrive, and we’re thrilled to announce several brand-new champions! Check out our awards page to read their stories and be inspired by their work.
Affirmative Action May Be Headed Back to the Supreme Court
After two years, the affirmative action case Fisher v. University of Texas may be back before the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2008, Abigail Fisher applied for admission to the University of Texas, Austin. After she was denied admission, she filed suit against the university, claiming that the university’s race-conscious admissions policy was unconstitutional. The Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit upheld the policy, and Fisher appealed to the Supreme Court. AAUW signed an amicus brief in support of the university’s policy. In 2013, the Supreme Court sent the case back to the 5th Circuit, holding that the appeals court had not used the proper analysis in examining the case.
In summer 2014, the 5th Circuit issued a new opinion upholding the university’s policy, and Fisher again petitioned the Supreme Court to hear the case. The Supreme Court is likely to decide later this year whether the case will go forward or whether the 5th Circuit’s ruling will stand. Stay tuned for more information.