Title IX at 50 is a three-part series exploring and reporting on how the federal law has impacted and changed lives of Whatcom County women in sport over the past half-century. At times controversial, the legislation has gone a long way toward leveling the playing field for girls and women since its inception in 1972.

Written by Cassidy Hettesheimer // Edited by Meri-Jo Borzilleri

Part I

Part I: From bake sales to chartered buses

How Title IX changed sports at WWU and in Whatcom County:
Local culture includes early history of women’s recreation, sports teams and ‘kickass athletes’

Read part one, which details Title IX’s significant influence on Western Washington University and local sports figures.

Part II

Part II: Coaching and leading in the Title IX era

Longevity is a hallmark for Western Washington University, Bellingham schools

Read part two, which examines the legacy and influence of female coaches and athletes in Whatcom County.

Part two includes the interactive timeline below.

Part III

Part III: Room to Grow

Title IX influence extends beyond school walls, campuses:
Stage is set for more diversity, accessibility for girls in recreational sports in Whatcom

Read part three, which examines what Title IX will look like for future sportswomen in Whatcom County.