Title IX's empowering legacy is nothing short of transformative, indeed revolutionary. And yet, its empowering legacy merely aspired to a situation of "separate but equal" in the culturally crucial world of sports.
It's not primarily Senator Kennedy's words that make him one of the great defenders of modern liberalism. His life itself is living proof of the central liberal idea that government can help make people's lives better.
Colleges and universities face economic turmoil like the rest of society. They have found that cut-backs in the varsity athletic programs offered to students are an easier way to address financial concerns.
Sometimes I think we take Title IX for granted -- whether watching the finest female athletes competing on a world stage, or watching teenage girls working together to win a high school volleyball match, the benefits are clear.