Thursday marks the 50th anniversary of Title IX, the landmark law that pushed for equal opportunities for women in the classroom and on the field. Title IX prohibits sex-based discrimination in education programs or activities that are federally funded, which allowed women access to opportunities that had previously been unavailable.
"When Title IX was passed in 1972 at the college level, about 0 to 2% of budgets at colleges across the country were being spent on women's sport — so basically, nothing," Dr. Amy Wilson, director of inclusion for the NCAA, told CBS News. "Less than 30,000 women were playing college sports when Title IX was passed. We now have over 220,000."
Wilson also highlighted the role the legislation played in granting women more educational opportunities.