Celebrating 40 Years of Title IX
It simply reads:
"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."
When it became law on June 23, 1972, Title IX changed the landscape of collegiate athletics.
Its impact over the last 40 years has been profound from coast-to-coast, but perhaps it has been most noticeable at a progressive state university located just miles from the Pacific Ocean - UCLA.
The university community quickly saw the value in successful women's athletics, began competing in the AIAW during the 1973-74 school year under the direction of Women's Athletic Director Dr. Judith Holland, and quickly established its teams among the nation's elite - first in the AIAW and later the NCAA.
By the time Ann Meyers accepted the first women's athletic scholarship at UCLA in 1974-75, the UCLA women's athletic program was already off and running ... and the machine has yet to stop, capturing more than 40 team national championships (AIAW and NCAA combined) in 40 years, including the most recent, an NCAA Women's Volleyball crown in late 2011.
Some of UCLA's women's teams in sports such as volleyball, softball, track & field, water polo and gymnastics are considered among the best of all time. Many of the individuals who have worn a Bruins jersey are synonymous with excellence in women's athletics.
So, with the 40th anniversary of Title IX fast approaching, UCLABruins.com will be taking a long look back at the last 40 years through many of the people who built this rich history at UCLA - players, coaches and administrators alike. This retrospective will continue through mid-November, when it will culminate with a department-wide celebration of Title IX.
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