Credit for awakening the Seattle schools' feminist consciousness lies with 55 women physical education teachers and coaches, who three years ago cried foul. Frustrated and angered over long-standing sex discrimination against women employees and students, they filed a complaint with the Washington State Human Rights Commission (HRC).
During the two and a half years of investigation by HRC, 40 of the women originally involved in the suit left the district. The persistence of the remaining 15 was rewarded by the recently signed conciliation agreement which promises corrective action by women and girls in physical education and athletic programs. In addition, the agreement promises to increase equality of the sexes in every other aspect of school administration.