As Title IX turns 40, legacy goes beyond numbers

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NORTHFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- As Title IX celebrates its 40th anniversary Saturday, the WNBA is in its 16th season, Hope Solo will be one of the biggest names at the London Olympics and the number of female athletes in both college and high school is at an all-time high.

But perhaps Title IX's greatest legacy can be found in the hundreds of thousands of girls growing up strong and self-assured because of their participation in sports. A generation that can't fathom being on the sidelines. A generation for whom Title IX is ancient history, if they remember it at all.

"That's the way it should be," said former Sen. Birch Bayh, who co-authored and sponsored Title IX. "It should be a given. That's what we were trying to accomplish."