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FILE - Michigan head coach Carol Hutchins calls out instructions during an NCAA softball game against South Dakota State, on May 20, 2022, in Orlando, Fla. Hutchins, the winningest coach in college softball history, said she was informed of the Supreme Court's decision to overturn the abortion rights provisions of Roe v. Wade via news alerts on her phone Friday. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

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In the 50 years since the landmark law was passed, profound strides have been made in women and girls’ participation in sports. According to the Women’s Sports Foundation, women now make up 44% of all NCAA athletes, compared to just 15% in 1971. Nearly 3.5 million high school girls play sports, compared to less than 300,000 in 1972. But for Black women and women of color in sports, those gains have not been equally shared, reflecting the limitations of a policy that only addresses equity on the basis of sex and gender.

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FILE - U.S. softball player Natasha Watley runs during practice Sunday, Aug. 10, 2008, at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Watley, a Black woman and two-time Olympic medalist in softball, started playing when she was 5. She did not have a Black teammate until she was a teenager and said there were so few girls of color who played with her and went on to college teams that she could count them on one hand. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

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FILE - President Bush holds a jersey with UCLA women's softball captain Natasha Watley as the team as he met with the reigning NCAA champions in several sports, in the East Room event at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 17, 2003. Fifty years after the passage of Title IX, racial disparities still exist for women in college athletics. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)