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Imagine a time when people believed girls shouldnt play team sports atall but instead should wear only dresses and act like ladiesImagine a time when girls were warned that hard math classes were toodifficult for them and were told that a college or graduate degree was awaste of time Women participation in sports has a long history Itshistory marked by division and discrimination but also one filled withmajor accomplishments by female athletes and important advances forempowerment of women and girls For many years Americas females wereconsidered the property of their fathers or their husbands notindividuals with rightsUp until the 1970s were few schools teams or recreation leagues forgirls outside of tennis swimming and track but in 1972 it turned outto be pivotal for many other girls and woman The United States congresspassed several important laws to give girls and woman moreopportunities Title IX and ERA movement were two of the biggestmovements that had changed lives of many women Title IX says Anyschool receiving money from the government couldnt treat boys and girlsdifferently Still to this day you see schools that dont treat theirgirl team sports like they do their boy team sports Title IX thenfollows to say No person in the United States shall on the basis ofsex be excluded from participation in be denied the benefits of or besubjected to discrimination under any educational program or activityreceiving federal financial assistance One example of Title IX isBlain V Washington State University 1987 In this case Edith Greenan Oregon House Representative noticed that they had programs to keepboys from dropping out of school but they did not have programs to keepgirls from doing the same With the assistance of Representative PatsyMink Senator Birch Bayh and community leaders Green succeeded inco-creating the legislation that led to Title IX of the EducationAmendments signed into law by President Richard Nixon in 1972 Afterthis people remember Title IX for the impact it had on sports Schoolswere required to give
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