St. Mary’s Academy is doing something special in May….they are celebrating the 40th anniversary of Title IX (Title Nine). I have often referred to myself as “a Title Nine Girl” because I entered high school the year that Title Nine went into effect. What did this mean? Practically speaking for girls like me who had one sport offered at my high school, the school had to provide sports for us if asked. I did not realize that at the time but asked for a basketball team for girls. The Principal, Mr. Len Bergstrom, coached us two or three nights a week then we would go out and get shellacked by our opponents! We had a blast! We made our uniforms. My Aunt made our black shorts and we silkscreened white tee shirts for our uniform tops. We looked really bad but we had the time of our lives! By the time I finished high school we had equity with the boys in sports. In the fall of 1975 the school purchased new uniforms for the girls (I had just graduated). Girls practices at that time did have to fit in after the boys practices but that in time changed as well.
If you are a Title IX Girl, I hope you will join me in attending this event at St. Mary’s Academy. I think it will be a lot of fun! I would like to hear some comments on your experience of Title IX.
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