Jun 23, 2022 • 4 min read
Whether you are a sports parent, sports owner, athlete, coach, or fan, the 50th anniversary of Title IX is a day worth honoring and celebrating. On this day, June 23, 50 years ago, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 was passed into law, signed by President Richard Nixon.
“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 educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”
Title IX changed women’s athletics and continues to shape the future of them. Young girls now get to watch professional athletes that look like them compete and get paid. Teenage girls go on to receive athletic scholarships. Young women sign pro deals and receive sponsorships. All across the world, the 50th anniversary of Title IX is a day worth celebrating, but also reflecting.
Here’s how you can spend the day.
50 years of Title IX. pic.twitter.com/m6spA4udxL
â€” Phoenix Mercury (@PhoenixMercury) June 22, 2022
The Big Ten Conference will bring together 75 student-athletes, coaches, and administrators from its 14 member institutions and a group of well known guest speakers for a two-day event of networking, learning opportunities and and mentorship leads.
From Billie Jean King in 1973 to Anne Meyers in 1976, to the first FIFA Womenâ€™s World Cup held in 1991, share the monumental moments of Title IX’s history. Talk to your players, family, and friends and see if you make a timeline from when the bill passed up until now. Chat with your team in the communication center about today and see how your teammates are celebrating.
There are plenty of games on Thursday, from the WNBA to Wimbledon finals and in between. Get comfortable and turn on the television to stream some of the best athletes in the world. Share photos of yourself tuning into games and share with your team!
Buy tickets to women’s games, purchase swag, support local female groups, and pay for female sports writers writing.
Learn about the Title IX fast facts! “While sport opportunities have grown exponentially, the gender gap persists.”
75% of boys participate in high school sport and 60% of girls participate in high school sports.
Women’s Sports Foundation has compiled a list of various events honoring the Title IX 50th anniversary. Check them out and see if you can make one!
We are thrilled to be in Washington, D.C. this week to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of #TitleIX! Today we attended the Global Sports Mentoring Program Luncheon with our Founder @BillieJeanKing, @WSFCEO and @FLOTUS. #SportsDiplomacy #GSMP10 #TitleIX50 pic.twitter.com/ZypDZKDqM5
â€” Women’s Sports Foundation (@WomensSportsFdn) June 22, 2022
There are plenty of movies out there that shine light on the amazing women who have paved the way for women after them when it comes to sports, fair pay, and more. ESPN+Â Fifty/50Â Collection was made to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Title IX. ESON+ will be launching a Fifty/50 “themed collection featuring stories of women who are moving the world forward. The collection of inspiring stories will be available to stream on ESPN+ beginning June 1. The collection can be found here.”
37 words inspired a spectacular transformation in women’s sports and the lives of American women.
Now a documentary series tells the full story of Title IX, the hard-fought battle and the work still left to be done.
Parts 1 & 2 | June 21, 8-10 PM ET on ESPN pic.twitter.com/aS1WLbJwaN
â€” ESPN (@espn) June 14, 2022
Let us know how you are celebrating the 50th anniversary of Title IX!