The Women’s Fund of Greater Milwaukee, which makes grants to advance equity for area women, celebrated the 45th anniversary of Title IX and its impact on women’s lives and careers at an event on Oct. 25. Lisa Attonito, executive director of the Women’s Fund, describes the transformation that has occurred.

“The answer is simply: So much! This is especially true since, for Gen Xers and millennials, it is life’s known ‘normal.’ The 1996 Summer Olympics, held in Atlanta, were proof things changed. It was at those games that girls born in the early 1970s proved their skills as women athletes, winning gold in basketball, gymnastics, soccer, softball and synchronized swimming. Clearly, a new era for sports in America had arrived.

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