ESPN Celebrates a Generation of Female Athletes in ‘Nine for IX,’ a Series of Documentary Films

Jacques Demarthon/AFP/Getty Images

Jacques Demarthon/AFP/Getty Images

Generalizing Alert. Draw your swords PC police.

In 1972, when Title IX was passed, I wonder how many elected officials would have predicted the importance of adding teamwork experience to already-superior interpersonal skills.

The Daughters of Title IX

ESPN celebrates a generation of female athletes in ‘Nine for IX,’ a series of documentary films


The ESPN series is inspired by the 1972 law passed by Congress intended to prevent discrimination by sex at schools receiving federal funds. While the law set out to level the academic playing field, it helped level the actual playing field, too. Four decades after Title IX was enacted, 10 times as many women played high-school and college sports, nearly 3.4 million by 2010.

The series also shows something equally important: How it changed the attitudes of men, from athletes to coaches to reporters—to sports broadcasting itself.

Read more