Today, the Obama administration will rescind a 2005 Bush-era policy that permitted colleges to use an emailed interest survey as the sole means to comply with the Title IX requirement that women and girls be fairly included in sports opportunities.

“Good riddance to another Bush policy to turn back Title IX – this one designed to limit women’s college athletic options. Can you imagine a college canceling a men’s sport because male students didn’t reply to an email survey? That’s what they tried to do with women’s teams,” said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation.

“Rescission of this Bush assault on Title IX is a good start, and the next focus should be on other Bush efforts to limit Title IX – especially changes in the Title IX regulations on single-sex schools and classes, which some schools are interpreting to permit sex discrimination and unequal opportunities for girls in K-12.” said Kim Gandy, vice president and general counsel of the Feminist Majority Foundation.