GENDER EQUALITY—A STABILIZING FORCE

WHEN I WAS A BOY, ATHLETIC OPPORTUNITIES abounded for me. I played organized baseball, for instance, from the time I was seven. We had try-outs, uniforms, sponsors, coaches, umpires, well-maintained fields, and all the equipment we could use. I played year after year.

It didn't seem odd to me that no such opportunities existed at that time for my sister. Organized sports for girls were rare then. But that began to change in 1972, with the passage of Title Nine in the United States, a piece of Federal legislation designed to ensure that girls have equal access to all educational programs, including athletics. And since then, a growing tidal wave of girls' and women's sports activity has flooded across the landscape, sparking tremendous interest and the highest levels of athletic accomplishment. Today's playing fields are teeming with both girls and boys—challenging themselves, perfecting their abilities, and developing their talents.

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