40 years of Title IX
For 40 years Title IX has helped level the playing field for women in collegiate sports.
June 22nd, 2012
10:45 AM ET

40 years of Title IX

By Edgar Treiguts, CNN

(CNN) – Title IX is 40 years old. The law has helped level the playing field between boys and girls in high school and college sports. The Women's Sports Foundation says 300-thousand girls competed in high school sports before the law. Today, it's more than three million.

Ann Meyers Drysdale was a star female sports figure whose career was sparked by Title IX.  As a basketball standout, she competed on boys teams growing up. She was the first female to get a full athletic scholarship to a Division-1 school in 1975 and went on to star at UCLA. She was an Olympian, and later had a tryout with the men's professional basketball league, the NBA.

"To see that we still have to be supportive of young girls and young women and say, 'Yes you can, you can do this. Don't let anybody say you can't'. So, we're still fighting that a bit," says Meyers Drysdale. [4:05]

Meyers Drysdale talks to CNN about her career and her new  book, "You Let Some Girl Beat You?"

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