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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.|
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."
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