“Come to the blacktop at my middle school and hang out for a couple of hours. You’ll get a sense of what 12-to-14-year olds like and how they act. For them this is the center of the world.”

Sarah Egan's basketball teamMiddle school teacher Sarah Egan takes us on her three year journey when she agrees to coach the girls’ basketball team. Most of the players had never picked up a basketball and early on, she considered it a success if they ran in the right direction. Her team lost every game in the first two seasons.

But despite these odds, they transform into a championship team. More importantly, as they support each other as a group, their spirits soar and they gain confidence both on the court and in the classroom.

Sarah’s is just one of nine stories at the heart of NWLC’s new online portal, FACES OF TITLE IX. These stories go beyond the statistics to show how the law has helped people — whether it’s a student facing bullying in school, a young woman pressured to leave school after becoming pregnant or a race official literally standing in a young woman’s way.

As we commemorate Title IX’s 40th year, we need your help to make sure these Faces of Title IX are seen and their stories read. We believe in the power of stories to transform the public dialogue. Please take a second to share these stories with your friends, family and colleagues:

Or, share your own Title IX story with us! And we’re not just talking about stories on athletics. Do you have a story about the science and technology fields, about school bullying and harassment, or about pregnant or parenting students? Or, can you talk about what life was like before Title IX?

These stories illustrate both the enormous progress we’ve made and the work that remains to reach the full promise of Title IX. Thank you for your help in spreading the word.