Women Athletics Before Title IX

What does it mean to be a woman, athlete before Title IX in America?

          Imagine a world with no technology; getting from one place to another with no transportation, getting in contact with somebody that isn’t in walking distance, and not spending your afternoons watching Netflix. These are all privileges that the past generations have respected, until now. This generation doesn’t see these as privileges; they see them just as things and are not mature enough to understand the meaning behind it. Although technology plays a big role in this generation, one privilege they take advantage of is the opportunity for female athletes to compete in the same athletics that the males compete in. Athletics have become such a huge part of society, along with technology, that it is hard to think what life would be like without it.

          When imagining an athlete,the adjectives that immediately present show up are energetic, aggressive and destructive of a male or female, but in the mid 1900’s that wasn’t the case. Male and females were not considered as equals. The society believed that males should cast the role of having strong, threatening and bold characteristics, and females were better off on the sidelines cheerleading or square dancing. The best part of athletics is the completion and the competitiveness you must have to succeed in athletics, but as Cole says, after everything ended you’d sit with your competitor to share milk and cookies. Sharing milk and cookies with your competitor is not how completion works and as time went on, more and more the topic grew, and they soon had to make a stand for female athletics.

Title IX

How did this affect women athletes in America?

          America, the land of the free and home of brave.  Although the National Anthem states that, is that an accurate statement when involving sporting restrictions for female athletes 50+ years ago? In the mid 1900’s, females were restricted from being brave, through sports, and did not feel as though they were free because they couldn’t do what they enjoyed to do as a hobby. On June 23, 1972, the Title IX was signed. The Title IX stated that, “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.” Although the law benefited many schools, it didn’t benefit all of the schools. The law clearly states that it only affects the educational programming and activities of Federal financial assistance schools, so if one was attending a private school that does not receive Federal financial assistance, they would be excluded from the law. According to  Title IX and Athletics, the law does not require that schools spend the same amount on both sexes, nor has it resulted in reduced opportunities for boys and men to play sports. This law may sound very pointless and insignificant, but the role that it has played on the future of young, female athletes is significant!

Women Athletics After Title IX

What does it mean to be a woman, athlete after Title IX in America?

          If it weren’t for President Richard M. Nixon who signed the Title IX law, females would not be as determined and courageous as we are today. Athletics are a way for people, of any sex and age, can express them and learn character traits of others. A study done by the Women's Sports Foundation reported that 40 years ago, 294,015 girls competed in high school sports. Last year, that figure was 3,173,549. The Title IX law left a mark on history, and female athletes are going to leave a mark on future championships. Learning who you are as a person, the different types of people there are and what types of people you work well with are key facts that must be mastered to become successful.

          Everything revolves around a circle; whether it is technology, life or sports. Even though nothing good will last forever, once the worst has come, all there’s left to do is rise. Female athletes competing in sports started out rough, but never dropped. Sure, it has had ups and downs, but without the female athletes competing for all these years and for those who supported Title IX; female athletics wouldn’t be here today.

Comment Stream

2 years ago

I really like the way you started your paragraph with "America, the land of the free and home of brave." That sentence really draws you in because everyone knows that line by heart and they know that it is a huge representation of America. I really enjoyed how you connected technology and athletics because those are both things that in this day and age, everyone knows a lot about.

2 years ago

I really liked the beginning paragraph about technology because everyone can relate to it, and then how you transitioned from talking about technology to talking about sports. You related two topics that a lot of people know about in a really good way. I also liked how you talked about the way the Title IX law changed women's sports.