Title IX Turns 40 as the Greatest Female Athlete Turns 50
Jackie Joyner-Kersee turned 50 years old back in March, Title IX is celebrating its 40th birthday this month. To commemorate the greatest law ever passed to empower female athletes, it seems only fitting to honor the greatest female athlete of the 20th century (according to Sports Illustrated).
Jackie Joyner-Kersee is one of the greatest female heptathlon athletes and currently holds the world record in heptathlons. She is also a star in the women’s long jump and holds the second best record of 7.49 m. A true Olympian, Joyner-Kersee has competed in four different Olympic games and has won three gold, one silver and two bronze medals.
This “Super Woman,” as she was dubbed by Sports Illustrated when she appeared on the cover in 1987, did not always lead a life of fame and success. She grew up in poverty, lived through family tragedies and had to fight discrimination growing up an African-American woman.
Amazingly, she fought hard enough and succeeded in athletics and academics, which earned her an athletic scholarship to UCLA where she played basketball and competed in track and field. In 1986, she gave up basketball to focus on track and field, and in the same year, she married her assistant track coach, Bob Kersee. In 1998, she retired from the sport.
Jackie Joyner-Kersee proves that it doesn’t take “Super Woman” powers to succeed in life and in sports as a female athlete. It does take strength, courage, and the willpower to fight for equal rights.
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