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Women's Inclusion

Has Title Nine had more than significant influence for women in sports?

David

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Posted by yogakorunta on 15 October 2005 - 3:48am
I think so

I haven't done an official study or anything, but I don't think we would be seeing women today winning Olympic events in track, soccer, softball, volleyball without Title IX. I think there's no question it's helped, especially with the team sports.

But of course it's not perfect. College money especially is driven towards money-making.

There's also a significant difference in sports vs. politics: in sports, women's physical size and strength is an important factor in most sports, so we don't have many women who could play any position in football, for example. (I'd say a battle-of-the-sexes match in tennis today would be pretty interesting, though, decades after Billy Jean King played Bobby Riggs.)

But in politics, size doesn't matter. It's about intelligence, integrity, insight, character, and men don't automatically dominate in those areas. But they dominate politics, and we as a culture don't blink at that. Why?

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Posted by media girl on 15 October 2005 - 9:00am