We Belong Here
The struggle for equal opportunity in sports began long before Title IX became law in 1972. And it continues today as transgender, nonbinary, and cisgender female athletes demand equality.
Where does the fight for fair play in sports go from here?
This exhibition at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History marks the 50th anniversary of Title IX, federal legislation signed into law in 1972. The act unintentionally boosted long-standing efforts to open male-dominated arenas of sports. Even as Title IX protections have been expanded over the years—most recently under the Biden administration—athletes continue to face sexism, racism, transphobia, and other forms of bigotry. The stories of athletes before and after Title IX are part of a larger narrative of the struggle for equality in the United States.
Job Role: Exhibition designer