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My turn: Title 9 impacted Team USA in Olympic Games

A record number of female athletes competed for the United States in this year’s Olympics. Nearly 300!  (Source: NBC) A record number of female athletes competed for the United States in this year’s Olympics. Nearly 300! (Source: NBC)

A record number of female athletes competed for the United States in this year’s Olympics. Nearly 300!

And one of the main reasons given for that participation and their great success is Title 9.

The CEO for the United States Olympic Committee recently pointed to the more than 40-year-old law as reason for so much participation and success for the American women. 

The law forbids any discrimination based on sex for anyone wanting to participate in activities receiving federal financial assistance. In other words, it paved the way for women to be on an equal footing as men when it came to participating in athletics.

That got me thinking. 

Title 9 has certainly had its detractors through the years. But now I’m thinking the reason we heard from so many naysayers might have been because there was no immediate cause and effect.  

You often don’t immediately see the fruits of the labor of something like Title 9. But now you really can point to the numbers and show that women have been given a lot of opportunities from this 1972 law. 

Consider this…when the law went into effect, the US had 84 female athletes.  This year we had 292, and the seeds for this success were planted many years ago.     

That’s my turn. Now it’s your turn. To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at  youturn@wect.com

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