On June 23, 1972, President Richard M. Nixon signed Title IX into law.
Things have never been the same.
The number of girls playing high school sports jumped from 294,015 in 1971-72 to 3,172,637 in 2009-10, an increase of 1079 percent. The number of women playing varsity sports in college rose from 29,972 in 1971-72 to 186,460 in 2009-10, a 622 percent increase.
Here are nine ways to celebrate that progress as we approach the 40th anniversary of Title IX.