Title IX – 7 Questions to Celebrate 37 Words

By: Olivia Duggins

On June 23, 1972, Title IX became federal law, making 2022 the 50th anniversary of the enactment of this groundbreaking legislation.

Title IX guarantees every person is entitled to equality in education including sports. This powerful and all-encompassing law opened doors for female athletes which were previously sealed shut due to gender discrimination and inequality.

Since then, the impact on women’s sports has been a game changer for countless female athletes. Appellate Court Justice Debra Walker is among the long list of female athletes who benefited from Title IX, and she credits sports involvement as one of the important factors which helped make her the trailblazer she is today

In honor of Title IX’s 50th anniversary, Justice Walker reflected on the impact Title IX had in her life in a 2022 interview by her summer judicial extern.

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This article was originally published in the WBAI Fall 2022 Newsletter on page 17.