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License to Thrive: Title IX at 35
A Film by Theresa Moore
2008, 48 minutes, Color, DVD
Order No. W09965
“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

In June of 1972, Congress passed a piece of legislation called Title IX of the Education Amendments, to provide educational access and opportunity for women and young girls throughout the United States. Although most closely associated with sports, no other piece of legislation since the 19th Amendment has been more crucial to opening doors and creating leadership opportunities for women in all arenas including education, science, math, finance, entertainment, the arts, business, law, and politics.

License to Thrive: Title IX at 35 is a smart and highly-entertaining exploration of the unique history of the Title IX legislation and its critical role over the past 35 years in creating female leaders. From the classroom to the boardroom to the courtroom to the green room to the locker room, women are making their mark via the impact of Title IX.


    “An informative and entertaining way to explore the unique story of [this] legislation, as well as its impact on past, current, and future generations…. [Title IX] has made a huge difference in the lives of millions of people.”
    Bernice Sandler
    Senior Scholar, Women’s Research and Education Institute

    “A history lesson every student should see…. The best production I’ve seen showing how Title IX has been a major factor in the dramatic changes of women’s roles in American society over the past three decades, from the home, to the corporate boardroom and, possibly, the White House.”
    John Gillooly
    The Providence Journal

     “A definite discussion prompter in women’s studies groups and college classrooms.”

    “Schools and organizations may use this film as an historical overview of Title IX or to help build self-esteem in young women."
    School Library Journal

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WMM offers film collections on a variety of specific subject areas, including the collections VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN: Ending the Silence, BODY IMAGE, and AFRICAN-AMERICAN: Celebrate the Lives of African-American Women.

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