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12 Iconic Moments Female Athletes Inspired Us All

PUBLISHED June 8, 2022 | News

Fifty years ago, Title IX legalized every woman’s right to equality — and has made a massive impact on women in sports ever since. This civil rights law prohibits sex-based discrimination in any education program with funding from the federal government. In order to celebrate the fifty year mark of this historic law, ESPN+ and The Walt Disney Company have embarked on an inspirational initiative called Fifty/50.

The Fifty/50 initiative aims to celebrate girls, women, and our LGBTQIA+ community. Eye-opening content, like the four-part documentary series from directors Dawn Porter and Nicole Newnham, 37 Words, and the new 30 for 30 Film: Dream On will showcase uplifting stories from the first fifty years of Title IX as well as stories of women who are helping move the world forward. As we work toward a more just and equitable future, here are some iconic moments from female athletes who can inspire us all:

Nancy Lieberman was the youngest basketball player to win an Olympic medal.

Nancy Lieberman is one of the most highly regarded women in basketball. At eighteen, she became the youngest basketball player to win a medal in Olympic history. A few years later, in 1980, she was the first pick in the Women’s Pro Basketball League. She helped her team win two AIAW National Championships and one WNIT Championship. She was also the first two-time winner of the Wade Trophy and went on to coach in the Women’s National Basketball Association. If you’re interested in learning more about the history of women’s basketball in the WNBA or the Olympics, check out 30 for 30: Dream On, a three-part documentary on how one team’s gold medal domination cemented the birth of the WNBA and inspired a nation.