Tagged: Title IX

Julie’s Journey: Meeting Billie Jean King

“I grew up hearing, ‘girls don’t do that,’ and now that I am older I hear, ‘women your age usually don’t do that.’ To them I say, watch me!”

-T9 Sweepstakes Winner, JulieJulie and BJK

 

When Nashville physical therapist and avid tennis player Julie read about the Battle of the Sexes Sweepstakes on our Facebook page, she knew she had to enter. “I am fortunate to spend time with a generation who has no memory of the changes in women’s sports over the last 40 years. I love telling the story of this infamous tennis match, and more importantly the major role Billie Jean had in changing girls sports,” she shared in her sweepstakes entry. Needless to say, we were thrilled when Julie’s name was randomly drawn as our winner! (more…)

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Meet the Titan of Title IX

Billie Jean King

This year, we are celebrating the 45th anniversary of Title IX, the landmark legislation which mandates equality in educational opportunities regardless of sex. While Title IX may be best known for ensuring that girls and women have equal access to sports on campuses across the U.S., its impact goes far beyond what happens on the playing field; radiating out to our board rooms, war rooms, and yes, someday even oval rooms. (more…)

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Triumph. Fail. Just Get in the Arena!

Teddy Roosevelt’s famous In the Arena speech has been firing us up lately, so we asked some of the gals at Title Nine to share a time they took a risk, ignored the critics, and – whether triumph or fail – got in the arena.

 

Kristina, Magnificent Merchant

“The only fall sports for girls at my middle school were volleyball or cheerleading, but I wanted to try out for soccer. The boys’ soccer coach discouraged me from playing, but I tried out for the team anyway, and made it! I went on to become an all-county player and the team captain in high school.”

 

Erin, Chief People Person

“I had always wanted to learn improv, but being in front of an audience without a safety net felt pretty scary. I finally decided to jump in and try one class. I’m so glad I took that risk! I ended up loving it and have been learning, performing, and teaching improv ever since.” (more…)

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