If you know that name and close your eyes, you can instantly remember the 1999 Women’s World Cup.
Chastain scored the winning goal for the United States soccer team in the championship match.
The image of Chastain celebrating the goal may be the defining moment of women’s sports in the last 40 years — the era of Title IX.
It is difficult to imagine the last 40 years without Title IX, which changed the landscape of sports forever — and for the better.
Before Title IX, women and girls in universities and schools did not receive equal treatment.
Though Title IX was drafted to end gender discrimination in schools that received federal aid, the law also gave rise to generation after generation of female athletes.
Women and girls were given the opportunity to compete — on an equal footing — with men and boys in sports.
It is nearly impossible to imagine life without the athletic accomplishments of women athletes.
Sports gave us moments such as Chastain’s title-winning goal.
But, it also gave us generation after generation of women who learned teamwork, self-reliance and determination from competing in sports.
Our country — though the greatest on earth — sometimes takes longer than it should to right the wrongs we create.
Once we do — as in the case of Title IX — the world is a better place.
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