Today in Sports History: June 23

On June 23, 1972, President Richard Nixon signed the Education Amendments Act. Title IX, recognizes gender equity in education as a civil right, changed women’s sports forever. 

This marks the 50th anniversary of Title IX which reads as followed, “Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is enacted into law prohibiting federally funded educational institutions from discriminating against students or employees based on sex.”

Title IX shifted women’s sports by recognizing gender equality in education as a civil right. 

NBA Color Analyst, Doris Burke, paved the way for women athletes to participate in sports. Burke provides quality insight every time she is commentating during a game and is the embodiment of professionalism. 

Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 sates: “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.”

Professional women’s basketball player, Sue Bird, spoke on the topic and said there were no girls’ sports teams for her to play on when she was growing up. Instead, she played with the boys. 

“Back then, I never realized how Title IX impacted my life,” Bird stated. “Aside from having no girls’ team to play on, sports were always there. Now I understand it.”

She knows it’s not just about her generation; younger generations are still benefiting from this Amendment Act.

Recently, the United States National women’s soccer team came to an agreement that included, “a $24 multimillion-dollar payment to the players and a promise by their federation to equalize pay between the men’s and women’s national teams,” The New York Times stated. 

“It wasn’t an easy process to get to this point for sure,” Cindy Parlow Cone, U.S. Soccer’s president, said. “The most important thing here is that we are moving forward, and we are moving forward together.”

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