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In final analysis, Title IX created ‘unprecedented opportunities’


After 40 years of existence, Title IX still raises the hair on the necks of those critics who strongly feel the federal law hurts men’s sports. These naysayers continue to propagandize this lie. However, more often than not it seems that White females have been the main beneficiaries of the equity legislation since its passage 40 years ago. “I think it has been a law that helped all women,” says University of Wisconsin-Madison law student Valyncia Raphael. “But I think right now the conversation does not acknowledge that there are different types of women who have benefited from the law in different ways.”

Raphael made her observation during a national Title IX conference held last spring at the University of Michigan. Continue Reading →

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Laila Ali one-on-one



By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


A famous parent sometimes can be an unfair-comparison chip on the shoulder of the offspring who goes into the same business. Expectedly, that was the case for Laila Ali, the second-youngest of Muhammad Ali’s nine children and the youngest daughter of Ali and her mother Veronica Porsche Anderson. Laila chose boxing, the sport her dad became world-famous in, and over her eight-year career (1999 to 2007), she won each of her 24 bouts, with 21 knockouts. When she retired in 2007, she had won four super middleweight championship belts. In a one-on-one interview with the MSR in Ann Arbor, Michigan prior to her scheduled May 9 keynote speech at the “Title IX at 40” national conference, Laila Ali candidly admits that growing up she never thought about sports, let alone going into the “sweet science” of boxing. Continue Reading →

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