Allison Stokke by Gail Gilliam

Allison Stokke is a Track and Field Pole Vaulter for the California Golden Bears. She was born March 22nd, 1989. Allison has been competing since High School, and in 2004 she won the title of "Best Pole Vaulter for Age 15/16."

Stokke at a High School Track Meet

In 2007, photos of Allison competing at her high School Track Meet became popular on the internet. She began to receive fame very quickly, but for the wrong reason. She was seen as a "sex symbol" and it took a toll on her personal comfort. Her father, a lawyer, began to look for ways to give his daughter the respect she deserved in the Media.

As years progressed, her fame continued to grow, but she didn't let the unwanted attention stop her from doing what she loved. She received an athletic scholarship at University of California, Berkley. Her freshman year she broke the school's record for indoor and outdoor vault. Allison continued to achieve greatness throughout her athletic career.

Allison Stokke Competing as a California Bear.

After receiving her degree in Sociology, she went on to become a professional vaulter and a sports model for Nike and other sports brands.








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Stokke also attempted to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics. Sadly, she wasn't able to make the qualifying jump.

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

The above text is Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. The Amendment was passed to grant women the right to participate in sports the same way that men do. Initially, the amendment worked. However as time progresses, so does the media. In today's society we sexualize almost every female who gained some sort of fame. As mentioned before, this is exactly what happened to Allison Stokke.

It is unlawful to harass a person because of that person's sex. Harassment can include "sexual harassment" or unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature.

According to the definition of Sexual Harassment, it is considered a form of Discrimination. Allison Stokke was receiving unwanted sexual attention in the media, therefore making her a victim of Discrimination. Under Title IX, discrimination isn't allowed to be subjected upon any athlete who is playing for a school team. However, that only applies to the school itself, not the media.

While Title IX allowed women to trust that they would be treated fairly by their school, teammates, and coaches it didn't completely resolve the issue. Had it done so, girls like Allison wouldn't be experiencing the harassing behavior of the media.

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