Final Project Post 15
I thought these events were really neat because they represent major leaps for women in sports. They show significant moments and advancements that happened before and after the passing of Title IX. (Found from The New York Times )
August 6, 1926- Gertrude Ederle was the first woman to swim across the English Channel setting a world record with 35 miles in 14 hours 31 minutes
1945- Babe Didrikson Zaharias became the first woman to play in a PGA tour
1960- At the Rome Olympics, Wilma Ruldolph was the first woman to win 3 gold medals in track and field
June 23, 1972- Title IX was passed quoting, “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.”
September 20, 1973- Billie Jean King beats Bobby Riggs in a tennis match called the
“Battle of the Sexes”
1984- Women’s basketball became huge after the passing of Title IX, allowing so many opportunities and strides. For example, Cheryl Miller led the University of Southern California women’s basketball team to the NCAA titles in 1983 and 1984 and helped the women’s USA team win the gold in the 1984 Olympics.
August 5, 1984- At the first Olympic marathon for women, Joan Benoit took home the gold
July 10, 1999- USA women’s soccer team defeats China and wins the World Cup
September 8, 2001- Venus and Serena Williams competed against each other in the United States Open title- Venus winning the match
2010- The women’s basketball team from the University of Connecticut won 90 games in a row, beating the UCLA men’s record of 88 games. The women also won their second straight national championship.