Women’s World Cup and Title IX

Watching the Women’s World Cup yesterday was exciting, amazing, thrilling, and a nail biter!  While it was sad to see the US lose, I couldn’t help but feel excitement for Japan.  Both teams are very talented and have worked hard to get to where they are today.  As I was watching this great sporting event, I thought would this be the case if Title IX had not passed in 1972?  I have asked this question to two of my friends who played a division 1 sport.  They both agree that if Title IX had not been in place during their high school and college years, their lives would be different today.

Today I read two interesting articles on Title IX.  The first by Cynthia Kounaris in the Huffington Post  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/cynthia-kounaris/womens-world-cup-title-ix_b_901073.html.  She writes, “Today, girls can play sports and it is normal! It is accepted by other girls, by boys, by parents, by men. And what a wonderful way for girls to connect with their dads. It is no longer “odd” or “tomboy” behavior. It is just ordinary. And that is huge.”  The second article is by Tara Parker -Pope in the NY Times http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/02/15/as-girls-become-women-sports-pay-dividends/.  She looks at separate studies from two economists, providing the strongest evidence yet that team sports can result in lifelong improvements to educational, work and health prospects.  Both article are worth reading!

With the 40th anniversary of Title IX approaching, I am sure we will be seeing a lot more studies, articles, and documentaries on this federal education law that opened the door for girls to participate in high school and college athletics.  Go! Go! Sports Girls!


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