Happy 40th Anniversary Title IX!

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HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (wearing # 21) at her basketball team practice.

June 23rd marks the 40th anniversary of Title IX, the landmark legislation that changed the playing field for girls across the nation. With its 37 simple words, Title IX opened up a world of new opportunities ranging from athletic participation to access to education in science, technology, engineering, and math. In the years since the enactment of Title IX, athletic participation has increased over 1000%, creating more confident, empowered, and inspiring women to fuel the innovation and advancement of America.

Check out a fantastic video of “Title IX at 40,” including the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, former Senator and chief Senate sponsor of the original Title IX legislation, Birch Bayh, and others. Learn more on the Obama Administration’s plan to build on Title IX’s success.

In addition, check out the photo gallery of female leaders from across the Obama Administration, who have shared a favorite picture that expresses how getting a chance to compete has helped them reach their own dreams.

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