This past weekend Title IX celebrated its 40th anniversary. In honor of this milestone Nike released a new film called “Voices.”
The film features four female athletes including Joan Benoit Samuelson, the first women’s marathon gold medalist, Marlen Esparza, boxing national champion, and Diana Taurasi and Lisa Leslie, two famous WNBA players.
The film shares these women’s stories of defying gender stereotypes in sports in an effort to inspire future generations of female athletes.
Check out the video for yourself!
When these female athletes were told they couldn’t play a sport because they were too small, or the boys on their team wouldn’t pass to them, or they were spit on, or pushed out of the way they persevered. They didn’t quit and they triumphed and thanks to Title IX girls can continue to make strides in sports like those before them!
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Photo credit: Screen shot from youtube video.