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Fifty50 | Special exhibition in New York marks 50th anniversary of Title IX

NEW YORK CITY – The NCAA women’s basketball championship: behind all these shots, all these achievements, hides 50 years of title IX.

The legislation, signed in 1972, aimed to level the playing field for women.

“The first lobbyists for the bill weren’t thinking about sport, they were thinking about broader access to education,” says Laura Mogulesu. “But the sport very quickly became a hot spot.”

Mogulescu is one of the curators of an exhibition that will open in May at the New York Historical Society entitled Title IX: Activism on and off the pitch.

“If you look at the number of girls and women who have become interested in athletics, those numbers have increased so much over the past 50 years,” she said.

This growth has been spurred in part by more schools offering sports for girls, especially at the college level, allowing girls not only to compete, but to pursue professional careers.

The exhibit highlights some of those incredible hits: clothes by Serena Williams, toys featuring female athletes and a Wheaties box featuring Mia Hamm.

And then there’s what Title IX did for women in terms of education.

“The number of women graduating from university and higher education has increased significantly,” Mogulescu said. “And as a result of that, there is also an increase of women in professional careers.”

The current Title IX legislation contains only 37 words, 37 words that have changed so much. But so few words continue to demand continued advocacy.

“What is clear from the exhibit is that its protections and enforcement are highly dependent on presidential administrations,” Mogelescu said. “So the work of activism is never really done…in terms of access to education for all.”

This year’s 50th anniversary is therefore an opportunity to reflect on the progress made, but also to note the inequalities that still exist and must be corrected.

ABC-owned television stations and ABC’s Localish feature 50 inspirational stories from around the country for Fifty/50, as part of The Walt Disney Company’s monumental initiative marking the 50th anniversary of the passage of Title IX, the law federal civil rights law that prohibits sexual relations. discrimination in any educational institution that receives federal funding and has given women equal opportunity to play.

The Walt Disney Company is the parent company of ESPN, Localish and this station.

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