Today is the start of the IHSAA girls’ basketball state tournament. That’s right, sectional competition is about to begin. Today’s girls who are competing for the state title probably can’t imagine a time when they couldn’t compete for such an honor simply because they were girls.
But until 40 years ago, when Title IX was passed, girls could be barred from participating in sports. This legislation has not only made it possible for girls to compete on varsity teams across the country, win college athletic scholarships and have successful professional athletic careers – it has also provided women with opportunities in the fields of medicine, law, and many others. However, the fight for equality in women’s sports is not over and there are those who have made it their life’s mission to keep fighting until true equality is achieved. http://tribstar.com/news/x1047721489/Title-IX-legal-fights-continue
Last year, Indiana Humanities partnered with the Indiana Fever to honor 11 Title IX heroes from across the state. Read about those honorees, here.
In February and March, Indiana Humanities is exploring the topic of “rivalry,” as part of its Spirit of Competition theme.