Women have made important advancements in sports and athletics over the past half-century. While females did participate in some sporting events, it was not until 1972, with the passing of Title IX of the Educational Assistance Act, that girls and young women in the United States became a strong force in the sports and health fitness arena. In the 2008 Beijing Olympics, more than 42% of the 11,028 participants were women. The International Olympic Committee expects this number to continue to rise. From young girls playing on ...

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