It's been 44 years since the US Congress passed the landmark Title IX legislation, mandating equality in athletic opportunity for women at educational institutions that receive Federal funding. And one result of this has been the rise to incredible dominance of US women in international athletics. The US women's soccer team is in search of their fourth consecutive Gold Medal. Women's basketball hasn't lost a game since 1992. Our rowing team hasn't lost a match since 2006. our water polo team is looking to repeat its London Gold Medal performance. The last Olympics prior to Title IX was Munich, in 1972. And US women were something of an afterthought: They won just 23 medals, compared to 71 for US men. There hadn't been a US women's gymnastics champ in decades. US women were an afterthought in track and field, winning only one Silver and two Bronze. The impact of Title IX goes far beyond just Olympic success. It's given girls and young women the opportunity to compete and participate in school sports at every level. From grade school soccer to college level fencing. Improving their health, their confidence, and their independence. It's helped moms and dads stay involved with their children's lives. And girls and young women who stay involved in athletics are far less likely to drop out of school or have children out of wedlock. We're a better, prouder country because a half century ago a progressive Democrat and a conservative Republican President could agree on a principle of fundamental fairness and equality of opportunity for all of our citizens. I'd like to think there was a lesson for some of today's Republicans to think about.