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Let Me Play: The Story of Title IX: The Law That Changed the Future of Girls in America Hardcover – July 1, 2005
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Just because this book is intended for a younger audience does not make it simplistic reading. I consider myself pretty informed about political and social topics, yet I had little idea that Title IX does not just cover equality in sporting opportunities. Title IX, the brainchild of late Congresswoman Edith Green, actually mandates that schools may not limit the educational opportunities of students based on gender--and that includes admissions policies and access to classes. Title IX is the reason that half of all law students and medical students today are women.
What a huge change from the early 1960s, the era in which Blumenthal opens the book with a description of swimmer Donna De Verona. The 13-year-old swimmer, long denied opportunities to participate in other sports she loved, finally decided to become a swimmer. Not only did she excel, but she became the most decorated high school swimmer in the United States. She won two Olympic gold medals and the adoration of the press. Then she graduated, and...nothing. No scholarships, no endorsements, no interest. Here was an 18-year-old brimming with talent and she hit a dead end because there simply were no rewards for women athletes.
At the time De Verona was facing her bleak future, women all over the country were confounded by colleges that had strict admissions quotas. Many schools refused to enroll women in science and math classes. And legislators could get away with citing the need for "delicate" females to leave educational spaces open for men, who would be the "breadwinners."
Things changed, and they changed quickly.Read more ›
In a day when feminism is facing a hostile backlash, Ms. Blumenthal's book is a valuable reminder that "what used to be" wasn't as rosy as some claim, a reminder of the gains made in sports by talented girls, and of what we DON'T want to return to! Five stars!
Recently at this year's Book Expo in New York City, I had the pleasure of meeting and conversing with Patricia Macias. At publishing conventions, Patricia is known as the wife of author Ben Saenz. But back home in El Paso, she is more frequently referred to as "Your Honor."
As I wandered the exhibition halls at Book Expo, I frequently got the chance to catch up with old friends in the publishing industry. Many of the women I've known for years who are employed by the large publishing houses now have titles like "President & Publisher" or "Vice President and Associate Publisher." They not only have the positions; they have the power that accompanies those titles.
I also had the opportunity at Book Expo to chat briefly with my favorite member of the United States Senate. I feel so fortunate to be represented by Barbara Boxer who, like me, grew up in New York and moved westward. When we first elected Barbara to the US Senate in 1992, having her join Diane Feinstein there in representing California, it was the first time in US history that two women Senators were representing the same state at the same time.
Myra Bradwell would have though that it was long past time.
"In 1869, Mrs.Read more ›
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I bought this book for my daughter's summer reading. She loved it. It was an interesting, insightful look into the history of inequality against women.Published 9 months ago by Clare M.
My 10 year old loves it. It provides great examples of women and men who have stood up to gender barriers.Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
inaccurate history waste of money. book has nothing to do with sports. ill some it up for you all you have to do is google Title IXPublished on September 12, 2013 by Randy R Shahan
Another book that I bought for a gift. I liked it more than my other niece did, who I bought it for her because she is into sports and all that. I don't think she read it. Read morePublished on June 24, 2013 by Wilson
I learned a great deal from reading this book and I think Ms. Blumenthal did an excellent job of researching it.
I am a middle school English and Social Studies teacher, and I just finished reading this book. I think it's a must read for any middle school or high school age girl. Read morePublished on August 9, 2007 by ReaderMomTeacher