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Meet the Faces of Title IX
Alexa Canady was the only black girl growing up in her rural Michigan community in the 1950s and 60s. But her determination helped to pave the way for other women, overcoming obstacles to become the nation's first African-American woman neurosurgeon.
As a runner in the 1960s, Julia Chase had to deal with prejudices such as the idea that long distance running would cause a woman’s uterus to fall out. She battled against this assumption and more, ultimately running the previously all-male Manchester Road Race in 1961.
Sarah Egan, a middle-school girls' basketball coach, credits her own participation in sports to Title IX. Her players demonstrate the power of sports to transform lives. Sarah continues to raise the visibility of girls' sports in her school and witness the transformation of budding athletes into stronger students.
When Lawrie Mifflin arrived at Yale for her first year of college, she was surprised to learn the school didn't have a field hockey team. So she started one. When she was told no one at the Yale Daily News would cover "girls' sports," she did it herself — and in turn sparked a barrier-breaking career.
When Bobby Brugger moved to a new town with her family, she discovered her daughter Leia was being bullied at her new school. Like many other parents, students, and even teachers, Bobby wasn’t familiar with Title IX and had no idea that there was a law that protects students from bullying and harassment. Bobby’s proactive approach is leading to positive change in her daughter’s middle school.
Lisette Orellana had her first child when she was 15 years old. She worked hard to stay in school, despite her school's lack of support. At the time Lisette didn't know that Title IX helps pregnant/parenting students stay in school. Now, Lisette spreads the word about this law to pregnant teens and educators.
Karyn Ridgeway was a plaintiff in one of the first Title IX athletics cases in the country and went on to play basketball at the University of Montana. At 40 she made a life-changing decision — and she was able to do all this with the help of Title IX.
At 17, Shree Bose won the first Google Science Fair with her research on ovarian cancer. Shree embodies the promise of Title IX — a law which keeps doors open for young women to pursue the STEM disciplines — science, technology, engineering and math.
Daniell Washington takes Title IX to new frontiers every day: the ocean. Daniell has studied marine science since her early teens, but she is aware that many young girls are not encouraged to pursue science, technology, engineering and math. Daniell's determination to turn this around will help fulfill Title IX's promise to open the door for girls to pursue these fields.