Last weekend marked the 35th anniversary of Title IX. Title IX has increased women's participation in sport and strives for equality between men's and women's sports programs, equipment and opportunities.
How has Title IX impacted you? Do you have a favorite historic moment in women's sports that came as a result of Title IX? Here are some of mine that I recently highlighted in the Team Sports Blog:
1996 | New Women's Olympic Sports. Women's softball
and soccer made their Olympic debut at the Summer Games in Atlanta, and
the U.S. dominated, winning the gold in both sports, as well as in
basketball, gymnastics and synchronized swimming. The Atlanta Games
made stars of Lisa Leslie, Mia Hamm and Lisa Fernandez, giving rise to
professional softball and soccer leagues for women in the U.S.
1999 | Women's World Cup. A billion TV viewers and
a stadium crowd of 90,000 witness the celebration as the U.S. wins the
Women's World Cup in an overtime shoot-out against China. Brandi
Chastain ripped off her jersey after scoring the winning goal, giving
little girls someone besides a model to look at for a strong, beautiful
body. And for the first time, a women's soccer team got as much
attention a men's squad usually does.
2006 | Winningest Coach in NCAA History. Pat
Summitt, the all-time winningest coach in NCAA basketball history--male
or female--earned her 900th career win as the Tennessee Lady Vols beat
Vanderbilt, 80-68. That year, Summitt signed a $1.125 million deal for
the 2006-07 season, making her the first women's basketball coach in
history to be paid a million dollars or more.
2001 | Increased Exposure for the Women's Tournament.
The NCAA and ESPN announced an 11-year agreement for the cable outlet
to televise every game of the women's national championship basketball
I walked on to play goalie for GWU's men's varsity soccer team in 2001. The re an NCAA division I team in the A-10 conference. At the time, there was a senior and a sophomore keeper on the team. I first learned about Title IX, when I was told by the coach that they didn't have the capacity to keep me on the team because they had to make sure the women's teams had equal numbers. I didn't really undertand what that meant at the time, only that my dream of playing college-ball was slipping through my finger-tips and I could do nothing about this Title IX they spoke of. I later learned the importance of this regulation and its role in the promotion of women's participation in college athletics. As dissapointed as I was at the time for not making the team, I got over it pretty quickly and still kept active throughout my college career. I ended up becoming the manager of operations at our school's 8-story fitness facility and joined various intermural and club teams. So, I guess this is my chance to say, "Thank you Title IX"
Wow, I am very impressed with your positive attitude. I honestly had never heard of Title IX until I read this post. I understand it's importance, but it stinks that it kept you from playing college ball. I have a son that is a senior in high school. He is a soccer player and is looking at colleges in the southeast. I was surprised to learn that many of them have women's soccer and not men's soccer. I wonder if title IX has any bearing on that. UGA for example does not have a men's soccer program, only womens. Kinda wierd.
This is an interesting and informative website about Title IX...
I played women's lacrosse in college and saw the good and the bad sides of Title IX. We were grouped with baseball since there was no men's lacrosse team, although many people tried to get a team at the school, so we had to keep somewhat equal roster numbers or our coach would get fined. In my opinion, you don't need nearly as many players for lacrosse, but one season we did ended up getting into hot water cause our numbers were low. I am guessing Toby couldn't play soccer for similar reasons with equal numbers. It's unfortunate! So I am grateful for Title IX and the opportunities it has given women like myself, but it definitely does has its downsides as well.
Does anyone have any other stories or opinions on Title IX?