The Sexes: The Women Gain

With a judicious mixture of courage and caution, Secretary Caspar W. Weinberger's Department of Health, Education, and Welfare last week stepped into the middle of the battle against sex discrimination. It published a set of proposals designed to exorcise the substance if not the spirit of sexism from almost every educational institution in the U.S.

In 80 pages of regulations, HEW spelled out antidiscrimination bans under the Education Act of 1972. Carefully choosing its way through a minefield of custom, law and sensibilities in the sexual realm, HEW mapped the reforms that schools...

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