Celebrate 40 years of IX

By | February 29, 2012 4:55 am | 0 Comments

 

In these days when is seems Congress can’t do much of anything, let’s pause to remember something they got very, very right.

It’s been 40 years since Congress signed Title IX into law, providing equal opportunity to any education program or activity that receives federal funding, regardless of gender. It leveled the playing field for (or rather, opened the playing fields to) women and had the greatest impact on high school and college sports programs.

In celebration, Title 9, a women’s sporting good store, has created 9 special edition t-shirts that will be released over the next nine months, leading up to the Olympics.

Here’s February’s shirt: “A Heart for Sports”


Available at Title 9 for $35.

See the rest of the shirts to be released here.  My personal favorite? The “Get out of Cheerleading Free” shirt.

I never played high school sports…or college sports. I never discovered the athlete inside until I was in my mid-20s, but, man, if I could go back, I’d play EVERYTHING.

Don’t think Title IX was a big deal? Beg to differ…check out these statistics I lifted directly from the Title 9 site:

By the Numbers

1 in 27 # of high school girls competing in sports prior to Title IX
1 in every 2.5 # of high school girls competing in sports today
3714 more women’s teams on college campuses than there were in 1972
989 more men’s teams
32,000 # of female college athletes in 1972
164,998 # of female college athletes today
8.7 The average number of women’s teams offered per NCAA school in 2005.
2 # of women’s teams offered per NCAA school in 1972

AND it’s not just about sports, it’s about equal opportunity in all aspects of publicly-funded education.
7% of law degrees earned by women in 1972
47% of law degrees earned by women in 2007
9% of medical degrees earned by women in 1972
43% of medical degrees earned by women in 2007

 

 

 

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