The world of sports reacted to Roe against Wade, 50 years of Title IX and more

Just a day after the sports world celebrated the 50th anniversary of the remarkable Title IX legislation that helped in part to create women’s sports in college as we know it, the country took a 50-year step back when the Supreme Court formally overturned Rowe vs. Wadethe decision that protects abortion rights for women in that country.

After such a week, we decided to use this space to highlight only our stories about women, as opposed to our regular wide-ranging look back at sports week. Sorry, an analysis of the NBA Draft, reactions to the recent signing of the Eagles, the Phillies teams and the Flyers coaching debate, you will have to wait your turn.

Since the news was a little heavy for the weekend, we’ll start with something a little easier: Maria McIlwaine’s interactive look at how women’s uniforms have evolved.

Over the last 50 years, women’s sports have changed a lot, and the uniforms worn by female athletes have evolved along with the strategies themselves. From the days before Title IX to today’s high-tech excavations, explore the various uniforms of various women’s sports in the city (and state) over the centuries.

Temple women’s basketball, 1924 vs. now

It’s been almost 100 years since Temple’s first women’s basketball team, and a lot has changed since Owls wearing sweaters, skirts and tights. Use the slider below to compare the uniforms worn by Temple’s second team in 1924 with those worn by Mia Davis and the owls today.

Temple Women’s Basketball, 1966 vs. 1983

Between 1966-83, the Owls gave up uniforms, accessories and everything else and switched to more modern short shorts and T-shirts.

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This week on our site there was no shortage of reports on women’s sports.

  • Most recently, we had a reaction to Rowe’s turn against Wade from all over the sports world, including several local athletes. We also had comments from Megan Rapino from the women’s national team of the United States, who is not holding back.

  • Speaking of Rapinoe, Jonathan Tannenwald caught up with the veteran football star, who discussed taking on a new role in the USWNT and suggested some thoughts on the retirement of her fiancĂ©e Sue Byrd. Meanwhile, former national team goalkeeper Brianna Scurry has revealed her new memoirs – while sharing her views on the USWNT roster.

  • In the last week of our look back at Title IX on his 50th birthday, we looked at a few different storylines in addition to our look back at the evolution of the uniform. First, Mike Jenson wondered what it would look like to launch Title IX from scratch in 2022. He also talked to some experts about how Title IX and NIL work together, while Andrea Canales looked at how a pair of local athletes cope with the added pressure on during the seasons of banners.

  • There is also this powerful video by Astrid Rodriguez, in which several local athletes discuss how Title IX has affected them and what they hope for the next generation, as well as a visual look at the legacy of Title IX in Philadelphia, as those who have influenced the most say. a lot.

  • Do you want to feel old? Von Hebron’s daughter, Sana, graduated from Neshamini High School this year and is heading to the University of Miami to run on the track. Hebron, a three-time state champion who recently competed in the New Balance Nationals in Franklin Field, proves that the apple does not fall far from the tree.

  • Abby Sharp, who won the state title in Plymouth Whitemarsh, is heading to Penn next season. Joey Piat wrote about her basketball career – and how early failure turned out to be an important moment in her young career.

Finally, we end this post with a long read that you may not have had time to consume during the busy week. This one comes from Mike Silski and focuses on an icon not only in women’s sports, but in sports in general: former Immaculata coach Katie Rush, who continues to inspire the next generation.

The word heritage is used so often when discussing sports that it has become commonplace, although there is no consensus on what it actually means in practice. What is Jackie Robinson’s legacy? Easy enough. But what is Michael Jordan’s legacy? The six championships? Sneaker sales? Is John Madden’s legacy his brilliant coaching mind or his brilliant entrepreneurial mind? Will the alleged use of steroids by Barry Bonds forever erase his 762 home runs in our collective memory? Is the legacy of an athlete or coach just the thing you first think of when you hear his or her name? And what if someone else is thinking of something different? Rarely is there anything tangible that one can see, touch and say: There. Here it is. There is my heritage.

Cathy Rush can. Every summer weekend, she drives 105 miles north of her home in Ventnor to Doylestown to visit Michael’s family. So let’s stop here, 50 years since the passage of Title IX, to understand this dynamic between grandmother and granddaughter and the symbolic meaning of their relationship.

Here’s Katie Rush, a basketball revolutionary who coached Immaculata College at three national championships at the Women’s Intercollegiate Athletics Association, then an NCAA all-hurdler. Which was not a product of Title IX, but preceded it – the first of these championships came in March 1972, three months before President Richard Nixon signed the bill. Which was not yet 30 years old when, after directing Mighty Macs to those three AIAW titles and six consecutive final fours, after winning 149 games and losing just 15 in Immaculata, she retired from coaching in 1977, for to raise his two sons and continue to build his camp business in something close to an empire. Who was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008 and whose groundbreaking Immaculata teams were inducted in 2014 and who was able to see her story portrayed in Hollywood style in the 2009 film The Mighty Macs .

Here is Cathy Rush, and here with her is Juliana Rush: Cathy’s own flesh and blood, walking, talking, dribbling, shooting, a manifestation of her life and a work of life. Juliana is just one girl, but she is also more than one girl. It was something bigger, a drop of water in a wave that Cathy helped start to swell. …

“As much as I look at her, they look at her.” [Julianna] said. “They whisper, ‘Is this your grandmother?’ “Mike Silski.”

To read Mike’s full story, click here.

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