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A Level Playing Field

The importance of Title IX for women’s equality.

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Women have never had equal rights under the law in America. Yet some laws have helped us begin to shake off the yoke of inequality under which all women suffer—the 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote; Griswold v. Connecticut made contraception legal in 1965; Roe v. Wade gave women reproductive choice in 1973; in 2003, Lawrence v. Texas decriminalized homosexuality; in 2015, Obergefell v. Hodges legalized samesex marriage allowing lesbians the same benefits that had advantaged heterosexual couples for decades.

One law that gets less attention than these others is Title IX, which President Richard Nixon signed as part of the Education Amendments of 1972. Title IX stipulates that any educational program or activity that receives federal funding cannot discriminate on the basis of sex.

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This issue, we chose basketball champion Sue Bird of the WNBA’s Seattle Storm as our cover girl. This newly out, four-time Olympic gold medal winner is a lesson in strength, persistence, and humility. I hope you enjoy Lucy J. Madison’s excellent interview on page 62. And if Sue Bird isn’t enough to inspire you to support your favorite team or athlete, be sure to go see Battle of the Sexes, starring Emma Stone, when it is released nationally on September 22. Battle of the Sexes is about the famous tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. King and Riggs played in the Houston Astrodome, and the match was nationally televised in 1973, long before ESPN and the Tennis Channel
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