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Title IX opened doors for girls, but there’s still work to be done

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“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

Thursday marks the 50th anniversary of Title IX, the landmark civil rights law that opened the door for gender equity in sports in schools and universities receiving federal funding. While addressing broader women’s issues, Title IX also provided the legal muscle to give girls and women equal access to play.

Research shows that girls who play have better physical and mental health, do better academically, graduate high school and college at higher rates and have fewer risk-taking behaviors than their non-participating peers. Furthermore, girls who play go on to earn 7% higher incomes than non-participating peers, and more than 90% of women executives across 400 global companies played sports.

All children deserve the right to play and access to sports. Yet too many girls remain on the sidelines, especially girls of color from under-resourced communities. The National Women’s Law Center Report on Title IX at 50 reports that in high school girls in general have less opportunity to play sports than boys, and this disparity is much greater for low-income girls of color.

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