Top 40 Athletes of the Title IX Era

Mia Hamm
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Mia Hamm

Born in 1972, the same year Title IX was passed, Mia Hamm is the definition of a Title IX baby. Hamm was named to the U.S. women's soccer team at 15, making her the youngest national team player in history. She helped the team win two World Cup titles and two Olympic gold medals during her 17-year national-team career, and brought incredible visibility to women's soccer. Hamm was also one of the founders of the first women's professional soccer league, which folded after three seasons. She retired from soccer in 2004 as the all-time leading scorer in international play, male or female, with 158 goals.

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