Becker, Helaine

An Equal Shot: How the Law Title IX Changed America

(3) K-3 Illustrated by Dow Phumiruk. Before Title IX became law in 1972, girls and women could be excluded from sports programs, fired from jobs, and denied educational opportunities--all "on the basis of sex." In a simple, direct narrative, Becker highlights what life was like pre-Title IX and how the law ushered in opportunities for everyone. Phumiruk's understated digitally created illustrations let the concepts expressed in the text take center stage. Two pages at book's end briefly profile the women (three lawmakers, one academic) who were instrumental in the law's passage. More details on what changed, progress made since, and the work ahead are appended, as is a reading list.


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