Venus and Serena Williams are among ESPN’s ‘Top 40 Female Athletes of Past 40 Years’ list of honorees.ESPN will spend eight weeks revealing names for the list, a few at a time as part of its initiative, The Power of IX, recognizing the 40th anniversary of Title IX which was signed on June 23, 1972.
On June 23, 1972, President Richard M. Nixon signed into law the statute known as Title IX, which declared, “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.”
It is very positive to see the Williams’ sisters on the list because in recent weeks, it has been reported that many black female athletes, past and present, felt that the amendment was good for closing the gender gap in sports but was not as beneficial for Black women as it was for non-Black women.
Out of the top 40, ESPN will announce the No. 1 pick on Friday, June 22.