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For UConn, 9 Titles Since Title IX
Apr 10th, 2014 by

Editorial
The Hartford Courant7:09 p.m. EDT, April 9, 2014

More thoughts on UConn‘s spectacular showing in the NCAAwomen’s and men’s basketball tournaments this week:

•This is “Title Nine” for the UConn women, as an emailer observed — their ninth NCAA title and an opportunity to reflect on Title IX, the federal law that banned discrimination in high school and college sports four decades ago. The law opened the door for millions of young women who wanted to play sports but were denied the opportunity.

The numbers tell that story. In 1972, fewer than 300,000 young women played high school sports. When Title IX celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2012, the number had reached 3.2 million.

At the college level, the number of female athletes went from fewer than 32,000 to more than 193,000, according to the National Women’s Law Center.

The field is not yet level — women still do not get an equal share of playing opportunities, athletic investment or scholarship dollars — but things have greatly improved.

That’s obvious at UConn, which didn’t even have a women’s basketball team the year Title IX was passed. Now the brilliant Huskies are winning national championships on ESPN. It’s one of the rare occasions when Congress got one right. Title IX begat Title Nine.

•The NCAA National Championship trophies for both men and women are stylistically undistinguished, bland as a salesman-of-the-month award, and don’t reflect the grandeur of the accomplishment.

With all of the artistic talent at NCAA member institutions, this is the best they can do?

Then again, most sports trophies aren’t much to look at. It makes one appreciate the few that are, such as the Claret Jug at the British Open.

•Has the practice of politicians making “friendly wagers” gotten both out of control and a little old?

This was moderately amusing a few years ago, when the governors of states whose teams were in the finals began betting local products (maple syrup, whiskey and so on) on the outcome. But now lieutenant governors, congressmen and senators are also in on the act. It’s become like a thrice-told joke: no longer that amusing.

On the other hand, since UConn is a combined 13-0 in NCAA men’s and women’s championship games, it’s too bad they didn’t bet real money. That might have closed the deficit.

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As Title IX turns 41, nine notable US female Olympic athletes.
Jun 26th, 2013 by

SOURCE: http://olympictalk.nbcsports.com/2013/06/23/as-title-ix-turns-41s-nine-notable-us-female-olympic-athletes/

Call it a double. June 23 is Olympic Day and the 41st anniversary of the passage of Title IX. Here, to commemorate, are nine female Olympians who made an impact in their sport.

  • One of the greatest female athletes of all time, Jackie Joyner-Kersee left a lasting impression on the sport of track and field with her six Olympic medals in heptathlon and long jump. Between 1988 and 1996, Joyner-Kersee collected three golds, one silver, and two bronze medals at four straight Olympic Games. Her heptathlon score from the 1988 Seoul Games still stands as the women’s world record.
  • On the track, Florence Griffith Joyner’s speed won her five Olympic medals, but it was the sprinter’s style that captured the attention of the American public. Flo-Jo, who won three golds and two silvers at the 1984 and 1988 Games, still holds world records in the 100m and 200m.
  • In her fourth and final Olympic appearance at the 1994 Lillehammer Games, speed skater Bonnie Blair became the first American woman with five gold medals, capitalizing on the two-year gap between Olympics due to the change in the Winter Games cycle. Blair, who collected three Olympic titles in the 500m, is still the only American to win the same individual event at three consecutive Olympic Winter Games.
  • The Williams sisters’ dominance in the sport of tennis is felt on every level of competition, including the Olympics, where they have had unmatched success. Venus and Serena have each won a singles title at the Games — Serena most recently in London — but they are unstoppable as a doubles team, going 15-0 at three Olympics on their way to three gold medals.
  • The U.S. has almost always been a basketball powerhouse at the Games, and Lisa Leslie was one of the sport’s stalwarts from 1996-2008, when the women’s team won four straight golds. She closed out her Olympic career with 488 points, the most of any American — male or female — at the Games.
  • Beach volleyball duo Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor pocketed three Olympic gold medals from 2004 to 2012. Their relentless pursuit of perfection led to a 21-0 record at the Games, with only one dropped set ever in Olympic competition.
  • The most decorated American gymnast of all time, Shannon Miller grabbed two silver and three bronze medals at the 1992 Barcelona Games, but it was her contributions to the team at the 1996 Atlanta Games that are most memorable. Her balance beam performance, for which she won an individual gold, also helped the U.S. win its first women’s individual all-around title at the Olympics.
  • Quite possibly the most well-known women’s soccer player ever, Mia Hamm (pictured above) was also one of the best. She scored 158 international goals over 275 games, which stood as an all-time record until Abby Wambach surpassed her last week. She made her final Olympic appearance at the 2004 Athens Games, where she won her second gold and third overall medal.
  • Defenseman Angela Ruggiero saw the women’s ice hockey tournament through its first four Olympics, winning a medal at each Games, including a gold in Nagano, where the event made its debut. Though she retired in 2011, she remains involved in the Games by serving as a member of the International Olympic Committee.
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ESPN Films’s Nine for IX docuseries
Jun 26th, 2013 by

Imagine if some of the most iconic moments in sports history never came to be: members of the USA soccer team ripping off their jerseys in pure joy after winning the 1999 Women’s World Cup, the Williams sisters dominating the U.S. Open in 2001, the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team winning an unprecedented 90 consecutive games—the longest streak in both men’s and women’s NCAA basketball.

These big points in sports owe thanks to a 37-word amendment, Title IX, which celebrated its 40th anniversary last year. While ESPN commemorated that anniversary with wall-to-wall coverage on its website of the gains women have made, it also realized the need to keep the conversation going.

“It shouldn’t only be anniversaries,” says Libby Geist, associate director of development at ESPN Films. “We should always be highlighting women.”

“The result of that yearlong reflection is ESPNw and ESPN Films’s Nine for IXdocuseries, which airs July 2 and continues throughout the summer. The nine episodes, all directed by women, feature some instantly recognizable names: Venus Williams, Pat Summitt, and Mia Hamm. Others are harder to place, like sports journalist Lisa Olson, who fought sexual harassment by New England Patriots’ football players; late scuba diver Audrey Mestre, whose push to complete the deepest dive ever led to her death; and runner Mary Decker, whose promising Olympic dreams were nixed because of a collision with another racer.

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Equality, sports, and Title IX – Erin Buzuvis and Kristine Newhall – a TED Video
Jun 20th, 2013 by

About This Video

In 1972, U.S. Congress passed Title IX, a law which prohibited discrimination against women in schools, colleges, and
universities — including school-sponsored sports. Before this law, female athletes were few and far between, and funding
was even scarcer. Erin Buzuvis and Kristine Newhall explore the significance and complexity of Title IX.

Need a fun lesson on Title IX and athletics??

Well we created one! We worked with the amazing people at TED-Ed and put together a lesson on Title IX. The whole lesson can be
found here and includes a video, multiple choice and discussion questions, resources, and a discussion board (if you would like
to comment after watching). The lesson is aimed at grade school children.  But the animation–by Kat Llewellyn–is great and should be enjoyed by all. So here’s just the video:

 

 

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New Brochure: Fair Play for Girls in Sports
Apr 26th, 2013 by

http://www.las-elc.org/fair-play-for-girls-in-sports

Fair Play for Girls in Sports

Fair Play for Girls in Sports

Since the enactment of Title IX 40 years ago, significant strides have been made in securing equality for girls and women in collegiate sports. However, compliance with the law in elementary, middle, and high schools is marginal at best. There is a similar need to ensure equal access to athletic opportunities for low-income girls through local Parks and Recreation Departments—a right afforded by California law AB 2404.

Fair Play for Girls in Sports is tackling these very issues with generous support from John and Terry Levin and the Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation of California.

Fair Play for Girls in Sports promotes the health, well-being, education, and future employment opportunities of low-income girls in grades K–12 by:

  • Ensuring sports programs provided by public schools in low-income areas afford girls equal athletic opportunities as required by Title IX; and
  • Ensuring sports programs sponsored by state Parks and Recreation programs that serve low-income communities provide girls with equal athletic opportunities in accordance with California state law AB 2404.

See our fact sheet Equality for Your Girls in Your Parks

Download the Fair Play for Girls in Sports brochure

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Support Fair Pay for Girls in Sports. Make a gift online today

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