This year was a huge success for women who outnumbered men on the U.S. Olympic team and won more medals.. I was so enamored by the level of excellence that was portrayed by all of the female athletes. I kept thinking about Title IX and the 1996 Olympics as the public’s first view of teams that were fully supported by Title IX. Fast forward to 2012 and the world (see article on global women's sports shaped by Women Win's Maria Bobenreith) had its eye on women as competitors on every playing field. Thankfully, some of the young women leading the next generation are also aware of the magnitude of Title IX. A wise group of girls, Priya Ramamoorthy, Maanasa Nathan, Kavya Ramamoorthy and Smrithi Mahadevan have used their talents and voices to showcase what Title IX means to them and why they took on this project;
“Dr. Donna Lopiano has often said “social change takes about three generations…” This was the underlying theme that tied our website, Title IX empowerment, together. The 2011-2012 theme of National History Day was revolution, reaction and reform; our topic Title IX. As we delved deeper into this project, we realized that today many people are not aware of Title IX and how it has played a huge role in the educational and athletic opportunities we have today. From being able to take higher level courses, to leveling the playing field, Title IX has opened the door to many new opportunities for women and girls. We participated as a team in the National History Day competition, where our web site won first place at the national level.
Now girls can pursue a career in any field that they desire, be it sports or STEM (Science, technology, engineering or math). Title IX is the people’s tool and for it to be used to its absolute potential, it is important that people know about it. We also realized that Title IX was a hard fought battle for opportunity that can be easily taken away; another reason why we need to remain vigilant and educate more people about Title IX. By spreading the word about Title IX, our team hopes that for many more years to come, Title IX can continue to provide equal opportunities for both girls and boys in education as well as sports.”
For additional resources on women’s history or to support a young women in your life to embark on a journey of understanding the past as well as some good outlets for girl voices, here are some other sites of interest;International Museum of Women
National Women’s History Project
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Creative videos on history set to music!
Videos on the History Channel on women’s history in politics
New Moon Girls
Girls Make Media
Off our Chests /Feel more Better