“No person in the United States shall on the basis of sex be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefit of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal Financial Assistance.”
It’s more commonly referred to as “Title IX” legislation; however, those 37 words have forever changed the landscape of our sports world. The irony is that the word “sport” is not part of that 37-word statement.
On June 23, 1972, President Richard Nixon signed the Education Amendments of 1972 into law (for those politicos scoring at home, that is six days after the now infamous break-in at the Watergate Hotel. I guess Nixon had a better end to the week that the way it started…). It’s a milestone we can be proud of in the United States. It has brought to the forefront of our national conversation names like Billie Jean King, Mia Hamm, Lisa Leslie, Mary Lou Retton, Brandi Chastain, Dara Torres and many others.