Celebrating 50 Years | 1972 – 2022

June 23, 2022, marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Title IX affirms, “No person in the United States shall, based on 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.”

Patsy Mink was the first woman of color elected to Congress and is considered the pioneer of the passage of Title IX. Prior to the passing of Title IX, only 300,000 girls nationwide participated in high school sports every year, compared to the 3.5 million who do today.

Title IX is a lasting legacy of Mink’s determination as a tireless champion for girls and women. Her efforts have Influenced women sports worldwide.