Fifty years ago, on June 23, 1972, Congress passed the Education Amendment of 1972. Legislation was put in place to create gender equity in education at all levels from college on down. Increased participation of women in sports wasn’t the intended effect, however, it was one of many that occurred in the aftermath of the law.
As the nation celebrates the historic anniversary of Title IX, The Athletic reached out to influential women in sports to discuss the impact of the law. Some spoke to the stark differences they noticed both before and after the law was passed and compliance became required (though not always enforced). Others spoke to their experience as female athletes who came after Title IX.
All were asked where Title IX can go from here, some of the weak points of the law that they’ve noticed and what it’s going to take to create true equality