Saturday marks 40 years since Title IX was signed into law. In case you're not familiar with Title IX, here's the main point:
No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance...Of course, there are exceptions that are spelled out in the law (you can read the complete text here), but for most girls growing up over the past 40 years, it meant that they could actively participate in sports in school, and that girls' sports would not be pushed aside in favor of sports programs for boys.
It is such an important milestone in the U.S., that Sports Illustrated has devoted an entire issue to Title IX. Here's Donna Lopiano remembering back to 40 years ago:
To learn more about women, sports, and Title IX, visit the Women's Sports Foundation website or check out this awesome book by Karen Blumenthal, Let Me Play: the Story of Title IX: the Law That Changed the Future of Girls in America [YA 796.082 BLU].