When we think about women’s athletics in today’s modern society, we don’t give it too much thought. For my generation, we have always had so many different choices when it came to athletics; we could play t-ball, soccer, softball, karate, dance, gymnastics, swimming, etc…… Me personally, I played four different sports throughout my junior high and high school career, but to think about what was available, or what was not available, for my mother or the generations before her, makes me sad for them.
Just think, women were not allowed to enter the Boston Marathon officially until 1972. In 1966, Roberta “Bobbi” Gibb was recognized as the first woman to run the entire Boston Marathon. And even then, one year later, Kathrine Switzer, who deceptively registered under the name “K. V. Switzer”, was the first woman to run the race with a numbered bib. Despite the efforts of the race officials, who attempted to tear off her race bib and have her thrown out of the race, she still finished the race. (This little tidbit of information is included in the Spirit of the Marathon DVD, which I have for a prize giveaway if you’d like to know more.)
Title IX states
No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.
This Sunday, June 23rd, is the 41st anniversary of Title IX. While some people still debate the specifics of Title IX and how it is applied today, there is no debate of the benefits for US women with regard to sports and athletics.
To celebrate 41 years of Title IX this Sunday, the blogger community, along with Bia and the ladies at Activyst are teaming up to fund an inner-city soccer program for girls in Oakland CA. Reserve a Bia Multisport GPS watch between now and June 23rd, and they’ll donate $20 to Soccer Without Borders. Reserve an Activyst sport bag through Sunday and they’ll double their typical donation.
Think about where we once stood on girl’s sports programs. Now think about being able to help provide that outlet for a community of girls. Won’t you take the time to share this and give them that chance?
Thanks so much for supporting #TitleIXDay!