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Edit: Women’s Sports Get Respect

March Madness is over for Gonzaga University – for 2011, at least. Even in defeat, however, the extraordinary women’s basketball team with the superlative point guard earned every speck of admiration a grateful community had to dish out. But there is more to ponder this week than the home team’s accomplishments, historic as they were. By extension, women’s sports programs in general can claim a share of public honor. It’s not quite 40 years since Title IX codified women’s equal opportunity in the athletic programs of the nation’s colleges and universities – at least those that rely in some part on government support. And how times have changed. The advances in skill and athleticism are conspicuous. Fan interest has soared/Spokesman-Review Editorial Board. More here. (SR file photo)

Question: Has Title IX helped your family?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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