Last summer 13 year old Mo'Ne Davis, whose fastball has been clocked at 71 miles per hour, was the first Little Leaguer to get on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Have you seen her pitch? Amazing!
Did you know that just 42 years ago girls were not allowed to play Little League?
I learned this and more in the book Let Me Play: The Story of Title IX, the law that changed the future of girls in America. The book is well written and full of startling facts, great photos and cartoons. Did you know that U.S. Representative from Oregon Edith Green was the author of Title IX? I didn't.
A few more facts to get you thinking about life for females in the U.S. before Title IX:
- In the 1970's a school district spent $250,000 a year on boys' sports teams and only $970 on the one sport offered to girls.
- In the 1970's University of Michigan spent $2.6 million on men's sports and $0 on women's sports.
- Before Title IX, many law and medical schools limited the numbers of women they would admit.
Oh, the difference Title IX has made in the lives of women and girls in the U.S.