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TitleIX pioneer looks back on the 50th anniversary of the law

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Thursday is the 50th anniversary of Title IX. This is a groundbreaking law that promotes equal opportunity for women in the classroom and in the field. Title IX prohibits gender discrimination in federally funded educational programs and activities. This gives women access to previously unavailable opportunities.  

"When Title IX was passed at the university level in 1972, about 0-2% of the national university budget was spent on women's sports, so basically There is nothing, "Wilson, MD Amy's NCAA inclusion director, told CBS News. "When Title IX was passed, less than 30,000 women were playing college sports. Currently, there are more than 220,000." 

Wilson also said more to women. He emphasized the role the law played in providing educational opportunities. 

"If my family has a grandmother or great-grandmother who was a doctor or veterinarian, I always tell young people. If you run or do something great, you need to celebrate it. "  

Tara VanDerve, head coach of the women's basketball team at Stanford University, knows what happened before Title IX. She told CBS News that she doesn't have a team to play in high school and needs to bribe the boy to play with him. This was "very painful" for her.  

"I think it's important that we know history and continue to work to maintain true equality in sports and the education of girls and women," Vandervia said. Told CBS News.  

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In a women's basketball match between Washington State University and Washington State University, Tara VanDerve, director of women's basketball, Stanford I won the 900th championship at the university. Cardinal Stanford of the Maple's Pavilion on January 20, 2019 in Palo Alto, California. Cody Glenn / Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Vanderveer won three NCAA titles and historic Olympic Gold in 1996. As her coach, she has won more than 1,099 times. Only 253 losses in her career — and counting.

Much has been achieved in the last 50 years, but Vanderveer and Dr. Wilson say there is still work to be done.  

"Are you making it accessible to women, girls and women of all identities?" Wilson said. "Do minority women get the same opportunity? We find that this is not the case in many of our sports."  

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