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On 40th anniversary of Title IX, girls still lag in Illinois high school sports

Four decades after Title IX prohibited discrimination against female athletes, boys still vastly outnumber girls on the playing fields and gym floors of Illinois high schools, an imbalance that raises two thorny questions:

Is this a problem? And if so, what can be done about it?

The answers are trickier than you might expect given the high profile of Title IX, a federal measure that is credited with opening the world of competitive sports to millions of American girls.

When the measure was signed into law in June 1972, only 7 percent of the nation’s high school athletes were female. Today the figure is 41 percent, but the remaining gap hasn’t narrowed much in the past 15 years, either nationally or close to home.

A sampling of Chicago-area high school sports programs shows that nearly all have a smaller share of female athletes than female students. That’s a troubling sign, some believe, because research suggests that girls who are involved in sports are healthier, happier and more academically advanced than their peers.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

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