“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of 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.” – Title IX, Education Amendment of 1972
In 1972, Title IX, one of the most pivotal pieces of legislation to pass in congress, changed the course of history for women in the world of sports.
“I’m not good enough, yet.” These were the words churning inside Alison Stevens’s mind as she gazed upon her reflection over two years ago. This is what Stevens thought of herself, despite her being the Salutatorian, the Distinguished Young Woman, and President of her class. She was well-rounded and academically successful, and yet she was disgusted with what she saw in the mirror.
“I never really liked my body. I thought I had baby flab and that it would plague me forever, for the rest of my days. I thought I was weak, sensitive, annoying, and overwhelming. I thought I looked young and soft. I thought I had all the curves in all the wrong places.”