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Women’s sports: Study shows Title IX has lasting effect

imagesAs a young assistant, Jane Albright sat alongside legendary coach Pat Summit at Tennessee.

Later, Albright made history by collecting the most wins among women’s basketball coaches at Northern Illinois and Wisconsin.

In her current post, she has quickly rejuvenated the Nevada women’s basketball program, which earned its first-ever win over a Top 25 ranked team.

But growing up in the 1960s and 1970s, she didn’t know it was possible. Title IX, the 1972 legislation that created more opportunities for women in sports and elsewhere, changed that.

“It’s given me the opportunity to be a women’s basketball coach,” Albright said. “There were a lot of people before me who opened the doors for me, and I’m reaping the benefits of that. It’s changed my life to have this opportunity.”

As fall practices begin at high schools across Nevada this month, a new study on the impact of the federal law has found girls who participate in sports are better educated and earn improved employment opportunities later in life.

The report, titled, “Beyond the Classroom: Using Title IX to Measure the Return to High School Sports,” was released in February by Betsey Stevenson, a University of Pennsylvania assistant professor of business and public policy at the Wharton School of Business. It not only illustrates the 30 percent rise in girls’ participation in sports in the decades following the introduction of Title IX, but also finds that nearly 40 percent of the increase in 25-to-34-year-old women’s employment could be tied to their experiences playing sports.

Since Title IX was passed, the report found that for every 10 percent participation rise in high school female athletics, there has been a 1 percent increase in females attending college and a 1-to-2 percent rise in female labor force participation.

While Stevenson’s findings provide concrete statistics on the benefits of Title IX, they also examine the opportunities all children are getting from competing at an early age, a finding the author was eager to discuss.

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This entry was posted on June 13, 2013 by in Inequality.
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