By Jeff Johnston, featuring IWF’s  Our Bodies, Our Sports rally

Fifty years ago today, on Friday, June 23, 1972, President Richard Nixon signed Title IX into law. Part of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title IX prohibited discrimination on the basis of sex in education.

These protections are under assault like never before – from states and school districts across the country, but especially from federal agencies like the Department of Education.

Groups like the Independent Women’s Forum (IWF), Alliance Defending Freedom, The Heritage Foundation, Family Policy Alliance and Turning Point Action, Save Women’s Sports and the Women’s Liberation Front hosted a rally at Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C., “Our Bodies Our Sports.”

University of Arizona swimmer Marshi Smith, who won PAC-10 and NCAA titles in the 100-yard backstroke, described (1:49:53) what she thought while watching a male-bodied swimmer at the NCAA Women’s Swimming Championships:

This year, as I watched the same swim meet that was one of the highlights of my life turn into an international spectacle, I was next to my own 6-year-old daughter. I was anguished, realizing she may actually have fewer opportunities to succeed in sports than I did.

I was not the only one feeling this way, I quickly found out. My Arizona teammates, my best friends, the women who became my sisters years ago, started texting and calling.

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