June 23 marks the 40th anniversary of Title IX, the landmark law that bans sex discrimination in any educational program that receives federal funding. To celebrate, for the next few weeks we’ll be blogging about the effect Title IX has had over the past four decades, from the many wide-reaching opportunities it has opened up for women and girls to the challenges that still remain in achieving true gender equity in schools.
Some of the most inspiring sports moments in the last few decades have come from female athletes: Mary Lou Retton scoring two perfect 10s to claim the all-around gymnastics gold medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics, the close-knit U.S. women’s soccer team winning the Women’s World Cup in 1999, and the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team setting the record in 2010 for the longest winning streak in college basketball history.
But back in 1972, women athletes at…
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