This weekend, a youth softball tournament was held in Wausau. 44 teams from all over the state had come to play.
And it may not be possible without Title IX.
The landmark legislation passed 40 years ago on Saturday, and did on the hopes of providing more opportunities for women in high school and college.
But it went on to dramatically change the landscape in athletics. And today there are ten times as many girls playing high school sports than when it passed.
And more than six times as many women in college athletics.
In turn, there are more girls getting into sports at an earlier age.
Of course, not all girls who play sports will become professional athletes. But it's not always about athletics; it's about what athletics brings: Self-confidence and the camaraderie of playing on a team.
These days, few girls even know what Title IX is. But you can bet if they're playing sports - at any age - they're feeling it's effects.
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