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Title IX and Women in London

As the final events of the London Olympics wrap up, I think it’s safe to say that 2012 is the “Year of the Woman.”

Not only did this year’s Team USA send more female than male athletes to the games (269 women to 261 men), but USA females also won more medals — and more gold medals — than their male counterparts. The girls dominated team sports like soccer and basketball, and they led the way in individual sports like boxing, judo, and gymnastics.

And the American athletes are setting an international trend, too — as NPR points out, every nation that sent athletes to London sent at least one female, which is a big first for the Olympics. According to the International Olympic Committee, 44 percent of the athletes competing in London are women. 

In the 1984 Los Angeles Games, “women made up only 24 percent of participants.”

So as the 2012 games come to an end, we are celebrating the “Year of the Woman” with a story about the 40th anniversary of Title IX.

Although it has been criticized and debated in recent years, Title IX continues to pave the way for women to play sports, win gold medals, and even carry Team USA on their buff shoulders — something all Americans can appreciate.

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