On June 23, 1972, Title IX became law in the United States, prohibiting discrimination based on gender in educational programs and activities. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of this historic legislation, Women and Girls Lead looks at an area where Title IX had its greatest impact: sports.
Extending through the Olympic games, Women and Girls Lead will spotlight films about female athletes who defy stereotypes on and off the field. This includes the Women and Girls Lead: Austin story on University of Texas at Austin track coach Beverly Kearney.
In addition to short films, the site includes four feature-length films from public television: Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority by Kimberlee Bassford, Girl Wrestler by Austin’s Diane Zander Mason, Strong! by Julie Wyman, and Shadya by Danny Hakim, Udi Kalinsky, and Roy Westler.