Title IX: Female athletes taking their sports to new heights
Published: June 24, 2012 12:37PM
Updated: June 24, 2012 04:29PM
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USA Team member and Olympic gold medalist Jennie Finch throws a pitch against Japan in the first inning of an World Cup of Softball game in Oklahoma City, Friday, July 23, 2010. Finch announced that she will retire next month following this weeks World Cup of Softball games in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)

Forty years ago Title IX was implemented. Before and since it’s inception, pioneering women have hurdled countless obstacles to pave the way for future generations. This gallery of photos pays tribute to all the courageous, inspiring and talented female athletes who take their sports to new and unlimited heights.