Title IX by the numbers

What has been done

294,215: Girls high school sports participation, 1971-72
3,402,733: Girls high school sports participation, 2018-19

29,977: Female college athletes in 1971-72 school year
215,486: Women on NCAA teams in 2020-21 school year


What needs to be done

86%: Of NCAA institutions across all divisions offered higher rates of athletic opportunities to male athletes disproportionate to their enrollment.

58% : Of parents knew nothing about Title IX, according to a poll conducted by Ipsos and the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism and the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism at the University of Maryland.

$252 million: More money received in 2019-20 by male athletes in athletic scholarships compared to female athletes.


What to watch

“Title IX: 37 Words That Changed America”
Chicago Sky star and executive producer Candace Parker focuses on the impact of the law through interviews with the likes of Billie Jean King and Condoleezza Rice. The documentary debuted in April on TBS.

“37 Words”
A new four-part documentary on ESPN from directors Nicole Newnham and Dawn Porter traces the battle for equal rights and the effort to keep the law from being nullified. It airs on June 21 and June 28 at 8 p.m. ET.


Social stars

Combined followers on TikTok and Instagram for LSU gymnast Olivia Dunne, believed to be the most for any college athlete in America

Views for the TikTok video shared by Oregon basketball player Sedona Prince in 2021 that showed the inequities between the men’s and women’s NCAA tournaments. It helped lead to changes that included March Madness branding being used by the women’s tournament for the first time

March 31, 2023
The women’s Final Four tips off in Dallas, where the NCAA will culminate a year of celebrations of the 50th anniversary of Title IX



What to read

“Let Me Play: The Story of Title IX: The Law That Changed the Future of Girls in America,” by Karen Blumenthal
A book suitable for kids as well as adults that uses fascinating personal stories, informative fact boxes, gripping photography and cartoons to explain and educate where women’s sports in America had been and how it evolved.

“Course Correction: A Story of Rowing and Resilience in the Wake of Title IX,” by Ginny Gilder
Gilder, now the co-owner of the Seattle Storm, tells the story of her early years in the sport and her personal journey, which ultimately included being a part of two U.S. Olympic teams.



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