Title IX is a landmark federal civil rights law that requires gender equality in all aspects of publicly-funded education.
“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”
— Title IX, Education Amendment of 1972
We've come a long way since 1972, and it's a good thing. Research suggests that girls who participate in sports are more likely to experience academic success, have higher levels of self-esteem, and are less likely to use drugs.
Thankfully, for decades and even centuries, women and girls have been taking risks and breaking barriers to change the face of sports worldwide. See their stories at theunsungheroines.com