There has been a steady increase in the participation of American women at the Olympics since the passage of Title IX and this summer we watched as hundreds of girls who benefited from this law made history.
Whenever you see a woman score a soccer goal think of Patsy Mink. Whenever you see a girl shoot the winning basket think of Edith Green. And whenever you see the words “Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972,” know that four decades ago none of that existed. It wouldn’t exist even today if had not been for the perseverance and determination of Title IX pioneers, including Birch Bayh, former WSF Trustee Lillian Greene-Chamberlain, the first president of WSF Donna de Varona and other champions of the groundbreaking legislation.
LA Times reporter Bill Plaschke shares that if he had to put together a team of winners he would “take our women not only because Title IX has empowered them into a huge advantage over the rest of the world, but also because they consistently win in ways that our men sometimes neglect or ignore.”