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The Power of Play
Kelli Anderson
May 07, 2012
TITLE IX'S IMPACT HAS REACHED WELL BEYOND THE PLAYING FIELD, FOREVER CHANGING THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN SOCIETY. AS THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE LAW APPROACHES, SI EXAMINES NINE STORIES THAT REFLECT THE SPIRIT OF IX
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May 07, 2012

The Power Of Play

TITLE IX'S IMPACT HAS REACHED WELL BEYOND THE PLAYING FIELD, FOREVER CHANGING THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN SOCIETY. AS THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE LAW APPROACHES, SI EXAMINES NINE STORIES THAT REFLECT THE SPIRIT OF IX

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At night, when practice was over, the dreaming would begin. After Tara VanDerveer and the three Indiana basketball teammates she roomed with in the winter of 1974 had wolfed down plates of Hamburger Helper, they'd sit around their dinette table and ask, What if? What if they could have gotten scholarships? What if they traveled by air instead of vans, competed in sold-out arenas, were seen by far-flung friends and relatives on TV? Imagine getting paid to play! A pro draft! "We'd laugh about it," says VanDerveer, now 27 years into her tenure as the women's basketball coach at Stanford. "At the time it was all total, total fantasy."

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