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June 18th, 2012
10:51 AM ET

After 40 years of Title IX, athletes Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Cheyenne Woods on the law's legacy and continuing to fight for equality in sports

It's hard to believe that it's been 40 years since the passage of Title IX, the landmark 1972 law that ensured equal treatment of women and men in all federally funded institutions.

That law had a huge impact in women's sports in particular, and it's the subject a new documentary called "Sporting Chance," which will premiere this weekend on ESPN2.

Tonight in New York at Lincoln Center, a cast of prominent female athletes, including legendary three-time Olympic gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee, will hold a panel discussion on Title IX and its impact over the years.

This morning on "Early Start," Joyner-Kersee and Cheyenne Woods, LPGA golfer and the niece of Tiger Woods, talk with Ashleigh Banfield about the huge importance of Title IX, and asks them whether the U.S. still needs the law.

Filed under: Equality • Gender • Title IX
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  1. Dalibor

    , boyfriend or hunbasd(he can learn that women have contributed so much more to sports than the pom-pom on the sideline), son (he'll learn to respect girl athletes, and play with them), or daughter (she'll know she's not alone in her quest for athletic excellence)- they can all get something great out of this long overdue contribution to the history of women in sport.

    July 27, 2012 at 11:42 am | Reply
  2. Title IX

    The worst thing to happen to men's soccer in the southeast. For many people, all they look at is how this rule revolutioned women's equality in the world of sports. From my perspective, it cut down several of my dreams in the process. Greedy southern schools focused on funding football, but forced to cut down budget to equalize men and women in scholarship money. Obviously, each school should focus on cutting budgets for their 'prized' football programs; not the case. The SEC completely eliminated soccer programs from each school to level the playing field and make it look 'fair.' Fair for me turned out to be a dream that I will never have the chance to live. The same dream this rule tried to create for others.

    June 21, 2012 at 8:36 am | Reply

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