Once upon a time, Joan Benoit Samuelson (1984 US Olympic gold medal marathon runner), basketball players Lisa Leslie and Diana Taurasi and Olympic boxer Marlen Esparza were just little girls trying to navigate the boy’s world of sports, but as this Nike commercial celebrating Title IX’s 40th birthday goes to show, they didn’t let it slow them down or trip them up.
It’s especially touching for those of us who remember getting pushed around almost every time we hit the field or the days the crowd came to mock the girls team more than cheer. Here’s to the winners of that fight.
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