Audiobooks Let Me Play: The Story of Title IX: The Law That Changed the Future of Girls in AmericaAuthor Karen Blumenthal –

As expected. I bought this book for my daughter s summer reading She loved it It was an interesting, insightful look into the history of inequality against women. Another book that I bought for a gift I liked it than my other niece did, who I bought it for her because she is into sports and all that I don t think she read it Maybe some day she will and appreciate the opportunity she has. Female admissions to colleges and graduate programs picked up speed, driven by female ambition, the law, and a growing acceptance that it was simply wrong to reject someone just for being a girl Between 1971 and 1976 the number of women attending college jumped 40 percent By the fall of 1976 one in every four law students was a woman, up from fewer than one in ten in 1971 likewise, a quarter of first year medical students were female, up from about one in seven just five years before Recently at this year s Book Expo in New York City, I had the pleasure of meeting and conversing with Patricia Macias At publishing conventions, Patricia is known as the wife of author Ben Saenz But back home in El Paso, she is frequently referred to as Your Honor As I wandered the exhibition halls at Book Expo, I frequently got the chance to catch up with old friends in the publishing industry Many of the women I ve known for years who are employed by the large publishing houses now have titles like President they have the power that accompanies those titles.I also had the opportunity at Book Expo to chat briefly with my favorite member of the United States Senate I feel so fortunate to be represented by Barbara Boxer who, like me, grew up in New York and moved westward When we first elected Barbara to the US Senate in 1992, having her join Diane Feinstein there in representing California, it was the first time in US history that two women Senators were representing the same state at the same time.Myra Bradwell would have though that it was long past time In 1869, Mrs Bradwell passed the Illinois bar exam with high honors and turned in her application to practice law Though she easily qualified, she was turned down because she was a married woman She filed a lawsuit, but the Illinois Supreme Court turned her down too, saying that her sex was a sufficient reason for not granting this license In one of the nation s first sex discrimination cases she appealed to the U.S Supreme Court But America s top court had a different view than she did Man is, or should be, woman s protector and defender, the Court wrote in 1873 The natural and proper timidity and delicacy which belongs to the female sex evidently unfits it for many of the occupations of civil life It concluded The paramount destiny and mission of woman is to fulfill the noble and benign offices of wife and mother This is the law of the Creator It does not require looking back a hundred and something years to the life of Myra Bradwell who, we learn, persevered to become America s first female lawyer in order to recall when things were really unfair for women in America I grew up a youngster not all THAT long ago, in a world where women didn t have the same opportunities as men to go to college, didn t have the same opportunities as men to work in many fields, to attain the highest positions in business, government, or education, to get paid the same money for the same work, and sure as heck didn t have the same athletic opportunities as their male counterparts.As recalled in LET ME PLAY by Karen Blumenthal, it was in 1964 when I turned nine, the same year the Beatles first came to America , that a Southern segregationist in Congress unintentionally played an important role in promoting women s rights when he proposed adding the word sex to the section of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 , so that it would forbid job discrimination against women as well as blacks Congressman Howard W Smith of Virginia was figuring that adding such an amendment would cause the male dominated Congress to quickly sink the entire Act including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that the historic Civil Rights legislation would create That Smith s plan backfired and the legislation passed meant for the first time in our history that it was illegal to pay a woman differently than a man employed in the same position as she State universities in Virginia had turned away 21,000 women in the early 1960s during the same time not a single man was turned away While the author takes us back to the 1800s and forward to the 1960s in setting the stage, the overwhelming focus of her fascinating and important book about women in America is on the fight for passage of and subsequent fights over enforcement of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as well as the far reaching changes in our country that resulted from that landmark legislation.Blumenthal s well documented story of Title IX is interspersed with illuminating profiles and photos of notable twentieth century female athletes who got badly cheated by being born in the backward days of the earlier 1900s, along with great profiles of the federal legislative heroes responsible for Title IX passage, and a terrific assortment of strips from Doonsbury, Tank McNamara, Peanuts and other daily comics and political cartoons that shed light on the legislation and the issues behind it At the University of Georgia the budget for women s sports grew to 120,000 in 1978 from 1,000 in 1973, but the men received 2.5 million Among the differences The men on the golf team got all the golf balls they needed Women golfers got one for each competitive round they played If the words of the stupid white men on the Supreme Court in the 1870s seem like something from the Dark Ages, readers will discover that the ignorance of those words is easily matched by what Ronald Reagan and his minions did to try and destroy Title IX in the 1980s I can t imagine any woman who s aware of what Reagan and Bush One carried out in those years not gagging over the current President s recent words that We are blessed to live in a Nation, and a world, that have been shaped by the will, the leadership, and the vision of Ronald Reagan I d say there s a serious lack of vision when you ve got your head in the place that Reagan obviously had his when it came to women s rights.But now the question is, is the battle finally won When we consider what portion of Congress and Senate seats are currently filled by the majority gender in America, when we look at what portion of the CEOs of Fortune 500 corporations are female, or when we look at the gender of the Presidents of the nation s most distinguished universities, we must conclude that there is a long way to go.A report released by the AAUW back when this week s high school graduates were in kindergarten found that boys expectations were built up while girls were whittled back That s THIS generation, not mine or a previous generation.And lest anyone suggest the glass half filled attitude, I d hasten to suggest that they consider trading places and then claim that things are moving along quickly enough.Edith Green, a major figure in the story, was fond of the saying The trouble with every generation is that they haven t read the minutes of the last meeting Thanks to Karen Blumenthal, we now have an accurate set of minutes available from a pivotal episode in recent American history. Explores The History, Struggle, And Passage Of Title IX, The Law That Allowed Girls The Freedom To Pursue Sports Of Their Choosing, And The Effects This Law Has Had On Society Since Its Inception, Such As The Increased Enrollment Of Women In Law Schools And The Development Of One Of The Best Soccer Teams In The World Today Let Me Play: The Story of Title IX: The Law That Changed the Future of Girls in America

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