Tomorrow is a landmark date in the history of women’s athletics, as June 23, 2012, marks the 40th anniversary of Title IX.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education programs that receive federal funds, according to the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA).
Title IX was enacted, prohibiting the discrimination on the basis of sex in all federally-assisted education programs and activities.
The Title IX statute became law on June 23, 1972, and regulation implementing the statute went into effect on July 21, 1975, according to KHSAA documents.
Maxine Underwood, who graduated from Temple Hill in 1950, said the scope of athletics at the prep level was competitive, but much, much different.
“I participated in basketball, but basketball, when I was in high school, they had a team but we only got to play at halftime during the boys’ home games,” Underwood said. “We did intramural sports with the other schools, like Austin Tracy and Hiseville. Then we had track and field intramurals, and we had a good track team, but that’s about as far as we got. It was all about intramurals.”
Underwood said women’s athletics suffered due to the lack of interest and promotion.
“I don’t think that it was pushed near enough,” Underwood said. “I don’t think that they did enough … they could have done more. I don’t know if it was the lack of money throughout the school system or what it really was.”
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