In support of Title IX

Letter to the editor

Posted: Thursday, January 30, 2003

I am a member of the Juneau Douglas High School soccer team. I have been playing soccer since I was 6 years old. The reason that I have been playing soccer for so many years is because of Title IX. I am writing in response to the article in yesterday's sports section. The article was titled, "Divisive Title IX hearing begins."

Those of you who read the article will know that the Bush administration has been meeting to try to lessen the tremendous power this act has given to female athletes. As a female athlete myself, I am so thankful I have the opportunities my mother wasn't able to have. Title IX has helped such an array of women in its 31 years of existence. It also has helped gain awareness for the United States. The U.S. Women's National Soccer team's success and the WUSA and the WNBA were spawned from this amendment. Their success has encouraged the world to pay more attention to the world of women's athletics. There are countless women who have the world's respect because of Title IX - Marion Jones, Mia Hamm, Sheryl Swoops, Amy Chow, Lisa Leslie, Julie Foudy, Michelle Kwan and so many more that if I listed them all it would take up more than my designated newspaper space. Taking away this opportunity for women to support other male-dominated sports is not the answer. There has to be some sort of common ground on this issue. I hope we all realize the social ramifications that these actions have on our young women who will someday run the country.

Laura Flynn


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