How 50 years of Title IX have changed American sports

Posted on AllSides June 23rd, 2022
From The Center
sports, Title IX, Women's Issues, LGBTQ Issues
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ANALYSIS

Title IX, the landmark 1972 legislation that barred sex discrimination in education and paved the way for a decadeslong women's sports boom, turns 50 today.

Why it matters: Before Title IX, 294,000 girls were participating in high school sports nationwide and just 15% of NCAA athletes were women. Today, those numbers are roughly 3.4 million and 44%, respectively.

That profound shift has contributed to the dominance of U.S. women at the Olympics: In Tokyo, American women would have finished fourth in the medal standings (66) if they were a country.

Women's soccer has been...

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