Synopses & Reviews
andlt;Bandgt;Can girls play softball? Can girls be school crossing guards? Can girls play basketball or ice hockey or soccer? Can girls become lawyers or doctors or engineers? andlt;BRandgt; Of course they can...andlt;/Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt; today. But just a few decades ago, opportunities for girls were far more limited, not because they weren't capable of playing or didn't want to become doctors or lawyers, but because they weren't allowed to. Then quietly, in 1972, something momentous happened: Congress passed a law called "Title IX," forever changing the lives of American girls. andlt;BRandgt; Hundreds of determined lawmakers, teachers, parents, and athletes carefully plotted to ensure that the law was passed, protected, and enforced. Time and time again, they were pushed back by and#222;erce opposition. But as a result of their perseverance, millions of American girls can now play sports. Young women make up half of the nation's medical and law students, and star on the best basketball, soccer, and softball teams in the world. This small law made a huge difference. andlt;BRandgt; From the Sibert Honor-winning author of andlt;Iandgt;Six Days in Octoberandlt;/Iandgt; comes this powerful tale of courage and persistence, the stories of the people who believed that girls could do anything -- and were willing to fight to prove it. andlt;BRandgt; A Junior Library Guild Selection
From a Sibert Honor Award-winning author comes the true story of Title IX, a law passed in 1972 that ensures equal treatment and opportunity for girls in sports and education. Filled with period photos and cartoons, plus anecdotes from the people who never gave up on the measure.
About the Author
Some kids hate being picked last for sports teams. Karen Blumenthal
would have been happy to have been picked last -- if it meant that she could play. But like most girls of her generation, she was stuck on the sidelines.
Title IX became law when Ms. Blumenthal was a young teen, and for years it represented a possibility that always seemed just out of reach. That's not so today: Most girls she knows play sports, and their opportunities are genuinely endless. Awed by the changes she has seen, Ms. Blumenthal set out to share the story of this untold social revolution. She spent two years scouring archives, academic works, and newspapers, tracking down participants and star athletes to help her reconstruct what happened.
A veteran Wall Street Journal editor and reporter and a die-hard sports fan, Karen Blumenthal is the author of Six Days in October, a 2003 Sibert Honor Book. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Dallas, Texas.