45 Years After Title IX, What's Next For Women In Sports?
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Julie Foudy (@JulieFoudy) is a National Soccer Hall of Famer, former captain of the U.S. Women’s National Team, two-time World Cup Champion, and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist. She now runs the Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy, teaching leadership skills to youth, and serves as an analyst for ESPN. Her book, Choose to Matter: Your Guide to Being Courageously You, came out in May, 2017. As a PCA National Advisory Board Member, Julie appears in video in PCA online courses and PCADevZone.org, addressing hazing and many other important issues.
June 23, 2017 is the 45th anniversary of Title IX, and although it's helped women make great strides towards equality, there is much more to be done. For instance, there is still a huge gap in scholarship funding for women in collegiate athletics, there are still colleges with gaps in participation numbers, and there's more to be done to empower women at the next level, as a to coach or administrator. Title IX had helped to start level the playing field, but the next step is to continue getting women in leadership roles in sports after their playing careers are over. As Foudy says, "we're getting there, slowly but surely."