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March 1, 1984



Washington

Women's groups seek laws to reverse a court ruling

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Where do you go to appeal a Supreme Court ruling? Congress, of course, and women's rights activists - outraged over a ruling that gives colleges leeway to engage in sex discrimination in programs not using federal funds - are doing just that.

The unanimous court ruling Tuesday said federal financial aid to students does not bring all school programs - such as academic activities - under federal antidiscrimination laws.

The court's decision came in the case of Grove City College, a Presbyterian-affiliated school near Pittsburgh that refused to sign an antidiscrimination pledge requested by federal education officials.

Lawmakers immediately announced plans to introduce legislation broadening the application of federal laws barring sex discrimination to reverse the court decision.