Forty Years Of Title IX26:18

This article is more than 9 years old.

Just one sentence, one game-changing, historic sentence, signed by Richard Nixon, tucked into the education acts of 1972.

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of or be subject to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.

Although the language of Title IX doesn't use the word "sports" at all, the law has had an enormous impact on athletics. In 1971, the year before Title IX passed, only 7.4 percent of high school athletes were female. In 2001, 40.1 percent were.

Which makes some people wonder, is Title IX even necessary now? Radio Boston takes a closer look.


  • Kristine Lilly, three-time Olympian and international soccer star
  • Melissa Ludtke, executive editor at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University; participated in Wellesley College's first intercollegiate crew competitions


This program aired on February 13, 2012.