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June 22, 2012

Title IX 40th anniversary on Saturday! By Maria Stuber

Summary:

June 23rd, 2012 is the 40th anniversary of Title IX and I think it's definitely an occasion worth celebrating!!! 

Just 40 short years ago, women were fighting for their right to compete in athletics.  Most men (and many women) believed that women were too weak and fragile to play sports, and that it was harmful to reproductive organs.  In 1972, Title IX was passed and our world has never been the same.  This popular law is the reason that women are even able to compete in college sports today.  Please get together with the women in your life to share this special moment in history.

Tomorrow I will be thinking about all of the women that have impacted my skiing pursuits and paved the way for me to have a career in athletics.  You guys inspire me to continue training and to continue to fight for gender equity!

Here are some things to check out:

ESPNW has a full line up of Title IX media, there are some tear
jerking articles and video clips at http://espn.go.com/espnw/title-ix.
I have included some favorites below.

ESPN 2 will air a movie/documentary called "Sporting Chance" for the
first time at 1:00 EST.  Make yourself available or set your DVR and
watch it!

Send a thank you note to your grandmothers, mothers, coaches,
siblings, mentors, and anyone else that has encouraged you to take
advantage of your right to compete or helped pave the way.

Title IX Quick Facts-Developed by the National Women's Law Center

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is the federal law that
prohibits sex discrimination in education. Title IX says: "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 is best known for creating more opportunities for women and
girls to play sports. Title IX requires schools and colleges receiving federal funds to give women
and girls an equal chance to play sports and to treat men and women equally when it comes to athletic
scholarships and other benefits like equipment, coaching and facilities.

But Title IX does not apply ONLY to athletics.This law prohibits sex discrimination in ALL aspects of education, including career and vocational programs, admissions and
employment policies, standardized testing, and treatment of pregnant and parenting teens.

(For the full fact sheet, please see the attachment)

Empowering Dreams Video
http://s3.amazonaws.com/ncaa/web_video/TitleIX/2012/convTitleIX.html

The Significance of Title IX Video
http://espn.go.com/espnw/title-ix/8057372/significance-title-ix

Tribute to Dr. Charlotte West
Southern Illinois University presents Title IX Trailblazer Charlotte West

What Does Title IX Mean to You? - Judy Sweet
What does Title IX mean to you?

Top 40 Greatest Female Athletes- #5 Lisa Leslie
http://espn.go.com/espnw/title-ix/8020792/top-40-athletes-no-5-lisa-leslie

ESPN Programs, Saturday, June 23rd

Sporting Chance   12:00pm ESPN 2

1:00pm ESPN U

10:30pm ESPN Classic

WNBA Chicago Sky v. Minnesota Lynx           1:00pm ESPN

U.S. Women's Soccer Special                        5:00pm ESPN 2

NCAA Women's Volleyball Championship       4:00pm ESPN U
UCLA v. Illinois

NCAA Women's College World Series           5:30pm ESPN U
Oklahoma v. Alabama

Title IX USA Softball Event                        7:00pm ESPN
Canada v. USA

On the Basis of Sex: The Battle                   7:00pm ESPN Classic
of Title IX

WNBA L.A. Sparks v. PHX Mercury               9:00pm ESPN

NCAA Women's Basketball Championship     9:00pm ESPN U
Notre Dame v. Baylor

Thank you and Happy Title IX Anniversary!!!!


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