Landmark legislation changed the landscape of sports

Title IX Enters its Fourth Decade

June 23 marks the 30th anniversary of Title IX, the landmark legislation which stated - "No person in the U.S. shall, on the basis of sex be excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving federal aid."

The law was based on a simple premise: that men and women should have the same opportunities to compete in sports and over the past three decades the progress in women's sports has been remarkable.

Tamika Catchings is one of many WNBA players who has benefited from the passage of Title IX 30 years ago.
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Today's WNBA players are just the latest athletes to benefit form Title IX and in recognition of the opportunities gained since 1972.

According to the Rocky Mountain News, 30 years ago, fewer than 300,000 girls played high school sports. Today, 2.8 million do.

About 30,000 women played in college the year Title IX was signed, and most paid their own way through school.

Colleges in 1972 awarded female athletes $100,000 - for all women who played in sports.

Now, more than 150,000 women play college sports. They share $372 million a year in scholarships.

"The difference is night and day," said Donna Lopiano, executive director of the Women's Sports Foundation. "Night and day."

TITLE IX -- 30th Anniversary

From WNBA.com
Chat: Sue Bird, Friday, 2:30 p.m. ET
Lifetime Player's Journal: Title IX
Send the Fire your Title IX stories
Summer Sanders' chat transcript

From Around the Web
ESPN.com: Title IX Turns 30
ESPN.com: Summer of '72 changed everything
USA Today: Giving Title IX a sporting chance
USA Today: Title IX still controversial
Rocky Mountain News Sports afforded new dawn, horizons

Miami Herald
Pro women's leagues are here to stay
Low pay discourage women from going into coaching
Female athletes trail men on sports money spent

From Around the Web (cont.)

Seattle Times
Title IX turns 30
The '60s: Cathy Benedetto
The '70s: Jeanne Eggart
The '80s: Joyce Walker
The '90s: Kate Starbird
The 2000s: Sue Bird
The future: Yasmin Fuller

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