editorial | TITLE IX AT 40
Title IX unleashed a passion for sports in millions of girls
Given the prevalence of girls on softball and soccer fields, the love heaped on female Olympians, and the frenzy over women’s basketball, it’s almost hard to imagine the world before Title IX. The federal act, passed on June 23, 1972, and signed into law by President Richard Nixon, prohibited sex discrimination in any educational program or activity that received federal funding. In effect, it required schools to provide equal access to sports for men and women, boys and girls.