Title IX: Icons warn of complacency amid law’s successes

In the 50 years since Title IX was enacted, women have made tremendous leaps and bounds in terms of athletic opportunities. Now is not the time to be complacent, several of those same women stress..



June 14, 2022 - 2:14 PM

Texas Tech head coach Marsha Sharp acknowledges a friend during the 2006 Big 12 Women's Basketball Tournament. Photo by (Fort Worth Star-Telegram/Sharon M. Steinman)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Some of the giants of women’s basketball say if not for Title IX, doors would not have been open for them to blaze trails to Hall of Fame careers on and off the court, but sound complacency alarms when it comes to the future of the law.

Coach Marsha Sharp takes it a step farther when talking about the significance of Title IX.

“I think the Title IX legislation, you could say is the most impactful piece of information in the 20th century,” said Sharp, who guided Sheryl Swoopes and Texas Tech to the 1993 national championship. “And I know the Civil Rights piece was really huge, but you impacted half our population.

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