Decades after Title IX, the girls face tough battles on and off the sports field

Amna Nawaz:

Since Title IX was passed 50 years ago, girls’ participation in sports has exploded, with millions now playing in high school programs across the country. But experts say to this day, boys’ programs still get better uniforms, better facilities and more support, all potential Title IX violations.

These kinds of examples are not hard to find. In Ewa Beach, Hawaii, the girls on the water polo team were unable to secure funding for a pool and had to practice on land or in the open sea. In Union City, New Jersey, the boys’ soccer team played in a multi-million dollar rooftop stadium for 10 years before girls’ teams were even allowed to use it.

And in Stillwater, Oklahoma, the parents of the softball team had to sue the school district for their girls to receive equal training, equipment and facilities as the boys.


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