When Radcliffe College students once got ready to play basketball or field hockey, they put on uniforms of knee-length skirts or shorts, with tights underneath. Even these images seem revolutionary compared to the photos on display at the Schlesinger Library’s exhibition “Playing Fair? Title IX at 45.” In the journal article “Pantaloons, Bloomers, and Shorts,” women wear long-sleeved dresses with either loose pants or bloomers underneath.
The exhibit’s topic complements the conference “Game Changers: Sports, Gender, and Society,” which was held at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study in April, coinciding with the forty-fifth anniversary of Title IX’s passage. The exhibit uses Title IX as a lens to tell a focused narrative about women in sports, curator Susan Ware explains. She drew on the Schlesinger Library’s vast collection for all of the pieces in the exhibit—except for one “I love Title IX” refrigerator magnet that Ware herself donated.
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