The Summer Olympics and Celebrating 40 Years of Title IX

2012 marks the 40th anniversary of the passage of Title IX, which prohibits sex discrimination in public education. Title IX provides that "no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity." Although Title IX ensures that girls and boys receive equal access to science and math classes, it is also notable for ensuring equality in high school and collegiate athletics.

Today also marks the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Olympics held in London.  For the first time, the US will be sending more female Olympic athletes than male athletes. Scott Blackmun of the US Olympic Committee noted that this is "a true testament to the impact of Title IX, which in its 40-year history has increased sport opportunities for millions of females across the United States."

Women were not allowed to compete in the modern Olympics until the 1900 Paris games. With the introduction of women's boxing, this year marks the first time in history when women are able to participate in all Olympic sports. And for the first time in history all participating countries will send female athletes to the Olympic games.

For more information, including a slide show, check out the Huffington Post article here.