This got me to thinking about Title IX (well, the article in the Wall Street Journal last week might have helped, too).
Title IX is the law that outlaws sex discrimination in schools that receive public money. It's been used mostly in the realm of high school sports - creating new teams for girls and giving them funding at similar levels as the boys' teams. Today, more than 3 million girls have participated in school teams and female college athletes number around 160,000.
Since the law was passed 33 years ago, women have benefitted from the law in ways other than softball. Back in the 1970s, many universities and graduate schools restricted admission for women to something like 10 percent of the entire class. Yikes. Today, roughly 60 percent of undergrads are women and half of all law and medical grad students.
This access to higher education, to competitive situations, to team building, has contributed to the success of women in the workplace. Now most of the time, competitiveness is labeled as a male attribute, but take a look at Mia Hamm and tell me that women aren't competitive. It's just that we work differently from men to achieve similar goals.