Storming the playing Field: Title IX, Social Change, and the Complex Dialogue over Women's Sports
AbstractWhile womenâ€™s rights have dramatically increased over the past century, one culturally pervasive realm still maintains hostility towards women: the realm of sport. While the number of women attending law and medical schools now rivals that of men, the number of female college athletes is still substantially lower. Diverse womenâ€™s rights organizations, in the context of continuing the womenâ€™s rights movement, fight for womenâ€™s right to equal sports opportunities, although they are divided along ideological lines. The purpose of this paper is to examine sports law, particularly Title IX, and social change through the eyes of womenâ€™s rights activists. Idit Kostinerâ€™s article, â€œEvaluating Legality: Toward a Cultural Approach to the Study of Law and Social Change,â€ provides the criteria for determining the impact of this movement.
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