CORNELL 1983 WOMENS LACROSSE / by Molly Schiot

"No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance." Those words are from Title IX, a section of the education amendments signed into law 40 years ago by President Richard Nixon on June 23, 1972. While the amendments dealt with widespread inequities in educational opportunities, Title IX rocked the foundation of athletic departments nationwide and led to scores of women participating in athletics at far greater rates than ever before.Women's athletics at Cornell was still in its infancy in 1972 – just a handful of sports were available for women; but today, more than 450 female student-athletes participate in 18 varsity sports.

"No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance." Those words are from Title IX, a section of the education amendments signed into law 40 years ago by President Richard Nixon on June 23, 1972. While the amendments dealt with widespread inequities in educational opportunities, Title IX rocked the foundation of athletic departments nationwide and led to scores of women participating in athletics at far greater rates than ever before.Women's athletics at Cornell was still in its infancy in 1972 – just a handful of sports were available for women; but today, more than 450 female student-athletes participate in 18 varsity sports.