When I was in high school, fifty years ago, girls were permitted only minimal athletic activity. It was a cultural thing. When Title IX of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended in 1972, became law, schools receiving federal funding were required to provide equal opportunity for female students, including athletics.
I attended a high school track meet yesterday. This, my friends, is the result of Title IX. I freaking love it.
The intensity, focus, and desire to succeed is etched on each face. The innate athletic ability is obvious. I don’t know which of these young women won the race, it ended about 70 meters past my standpoint. But it doesn’t matter. The participants in this heat and the one following, and all the track and all the field events were winners when they stepped onto the field.