Here’s How To Celebrate The 50th Anniversary of Title IX

Whether you are a sports parent, sports owner, athlete, coach, or fan, the 50th anniversary of Title IX is a day worth honoring and celebrating. On this day, June 23, 50 years ago, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 was passed into law, signed by President Richard Nixon.

“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 educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

Title IX changed women’s athletics and continues to shape the future of them. Young girls now get to watch professional athletes that look like them compete and get paid. Teenage girls go on to receive athletic scholarships. Young women sign pro deals and receive sponsorships. All across the world, the 50th anniversary of Title IX is a day worth celebrating, but also reflecting.

Here’s how you can spend the day.

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Watch the Big Ten’s first Women’s Leadership Summit

The Big Ten Conference will bring together 75 student-athletes, coaches, and administrators from its 14 member institutions and a group of well known guest speakers for a two-day event of networking, learning opportunities and and mentorship leads.

Share stories

From Billie Jean King in 1973 to Anne Meyers in 1976, to the first FIFA Women’s World Cup held in 1991, share the monumental moments of Title IX’s history. Talk to your players, family, and friends and see if you make a timeline from when the bill passed up until now. Chat with your team in the communication center about today and see how your teammates are celebrating.

Watch women’s sports

There are plenty of games on Thursday, from the WNBA to Wimbledon finals and in between. Get comfortable and turn on the television to stream some of the best athletes in the world. Share photos of yourself tuning into games and share with your team!

Invest in women’s sports

Buy tickets to women’s games, purchase swag, support local female groups, and pay for female sports writers writing.

Check out the Women’s Sports Foundation

Learn about the Title IX fast facts! “While sport opportunities have grown exponentially, the gender gap persists.”

75% of boys participate in high school sport and 60% of girls participate in high school sports.

WSF events to attend

Women’s Sports Foundation has compiled a list of various events honoring the Title IX 50th anniversary. Check them out and see if you can make one!


Watch a movie or series

There are plenty of movies out there that shine light on the amazing women who have paved the way for women after them when it comes to sports, fair pay, and more. ESPN+ Fifty/50 Collection was made to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Title IX. ESON+ will be launching a Fifty/50 “themed collection featuring stories of women who are moving the world forward. The collection of inspiring stories will be available to stream on ESPN+ beginning June 1. The collection can be found here.”

Let us know how you are celebrating the 50th anniversary of Title IX!

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