Since that June day in 1972, the amendment that was for education, has allowed women’s sports to grow exponentially. Prior to Title IX, the world held onto few moments in women’s sports. They had Wilma Rudolph’s 3 gold medals at the 1960 Rome Olympics. They had Babe Didrikson Zaharias who was as ahead of her time as anybody in history, not just sports. They had Althea Gibson who broke down tennis’s color barrier. Moments were few and far between.
After Title IX was passed, there were “more moments” in women’s sports. Why? Women had more opportunities. Women had more opportunities to grow up with a sport, move up through the ranks, and excel as professionals. The presence of women was more widespread and in sports that were almost always considered solely a man’s game. Women have proved over and over that when they are faced with doubt from their male counterparts, they not only rise to the occasion, they surpass all expectations. Women can transcend greatness just as well if not better than men. Women have the gloom of the pre-equal rights era hanging dauntingly in their rear view mirror that the men never had.
Title IX has given opportunity to women, but the women have done all the work. The women take nothing for granted, they seize opportunities, and they meet every obstacle head on with an impressive mental toughness. They leave all doubt to the men. This one is for the events that have shaped women’s sports after Title IX was put into law. This one is for all the women who have taken their opportunity and gone on to greatness. This one is for all the women to come who will do the same in the future and idolize these same pioneers of women’s sports.
Here are my 5 greatest post-Title IX moments in women’s sports history, and out of respect for equality, they are in no particular order
1. Billie Jean King defeats Bobby Riggs in the Battle of the Sexes in 1973.
2. United States Women’s Soccer team defeats China in the 1999 World Cup Finals
What is your favorite moment in women’s sports history? Who is your favorite women’s athlete of all time?
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