50 Years of Title IX at Florida State University

History

On June 23, 1972, the Education Amendments Act was signed into law by President Richard Nixon.  The legislation addresses gender inequality in education and within it is a clause called Title IX that reads:  “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” 

With the adoption of Title IX,  women’s intercollegiate athletics at Florida State University quickly became one of the nation’s premier programs and has been the stage for an incredible list of iconic athletes, incredible teams, emotional moments and countless great stories over the last 50 years.

We hope you enjoy this brief tribute to the FSU women’s athletic experience and join us in celebrating the opportunities created 50 years ago.

The Impact of Title IX at Florida State

“She really epitomized what a Lady Seminole should be. She trained like a champion, worked hard and really got herself involved in the community.” – Dr. Cecile Reynaud on Gabrielle Reece

Celebrating Our Seminole Women

Title IX Roundtable

“Honestly breathtaking. I remember as a young girl I couldn’t find many softball games on TV, let alone today we are on primetime on ESPN and to think that this is even imaginable is amazing.” -Michaela Edenfield

Beach Volleyball on Title IX

“Women’s sports were considered an extracurricular, and now I have a career coaching a women’s sport.” – Brooke Niles

“I feel really lucky to have two female coaches who have always been able to understand me and push me to be better and to inspire me to go after careers underrepresented by women.” – Alaina Chacon

Iconic Female Athletes

By The Numbers

Moments in Florida State Women's Athletics

Florida State Softball captured the hearts of the nation for its style of play when it won the 2018 Women’s College World Series

Florida State Women’s Golf reached match play in the 2022 NCAA Championship

The Seminole Swimming and Diving Team captured the 2006 ACC Championship

From 2008-13, the women’s cross country team won six consecutive ACC titles

Women’s Tennis made its second trip to the NCAA Elite Eight in 2021

The Women’s Soccer program won its third NCAA title in 2021

Florida State Beach Volleyball has won six consecutive Coastal Collegiate Sports Association titles, starting in 2016

Florida State Women’s Basketball had an incredible season in 2014-15, going 32-5 and reaching its second of three NCAA Elite Eights

The 2011 Florida State Volleyball Team made a phenomenal run to the NCAA National Semifinals, beating Iowa State in a five-set thriller in Minneapolis

In 1984, the women’s outdoor track and field team delivered the fourth national championship for FSU’s women’s athletics

Beginning on June 23, Florida State Athletics will detail compelling stories about past and present female athletes for the next month. Check back for daily posts from the @Seminoles Instagram account

 

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