U.S. Women Take Center Stage At The Rio Olympics04:56
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USA players celebrate after the Rio 2016 Olympic Games first round Group G women's football match United States vs New Zealand at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil on Aug. 3, 2016. (Gustavo Andrade/AFP/Getty Images)
USA players celebrate after the Rio 2016 Olympic Games first round Group G women's football match United States vs New Zealand at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil on Aug. 3, 2016. (Gustavo Andrade/AFP/Getty Images)
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In 1972, American women won just 23 medals compared with the 71 captured by American men at the summer Olympics in Munich.

But in 2012 at the London games, the U.S. women won more medals than the men for the first time. They are favored to do so again in Rio, where also once again, the American team will have more women than men.

Here & Now's Eric Westervelt speaks with NPR's Greg Myre about the link between the women's dominance and passage of Title IX by Congress.

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Greg Myre, international editor for NPR.org. He tweets @gregmyre1.

This segment aired on August 4, 2016.

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