Title IX in Action

It's been 40 years since Title IX evened the playing field for young women and girls in academics and athletics throughout our education system. To celebrate this important milestone and the impact it's had on countless lives, we asked some female leaders across the Obama Administration to share a favorite picture that expresses how getting a chance to compete has helped them reach their own dreams.

  • Kathleen Sebelius at Practice

    HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (wearing # 21) at her basketball team practice.

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  • Susan Rice shooting hoops

    Susan Rice, the US Ambassador to the United Nations, goes for a lay-up.

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  • Valerie Jarrett and her Trophy

    Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Obama and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls, at 14 with Senator Edward Brooks (R-Mass).

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  • Alison Kukla Poses for her Baseball Portrait

    Alison Kukla, Special Assistant in the Office of Public Engagement, shows off her at bat stance.

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  • Cynthia Giles Poses for Honor Team Photo

    Cynthia Giles, Assistant Administrator at the EPA , was on the basketball First Honor team

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  • Jamie Smith wins State Championship

    Jamie Smith, Deputy Press Secretary at the White House, was on a basketball team that won Iiilinois' state championship

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  • Elaine Kaplan Winds up to Swing

    Elaine Kaplan, General Counsel for the Office of Personnel Management, is behind the plate

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  • Jennifer Pilat and Team Win Big

    Jennifer Pilat, a Director at the International Trade Administration was on a championship basketball team

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  • Kristin Ward Dribbling the Field Hockey Ball

    Kristin Ward, a Senior Advisor at the Treasury Department, dribbling the field hockey ball

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  • Lilly Bertz Getting Over the Bar

    Lilly Bertz, Technical Advisor in the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator, State Department, mid-pole vault.

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  • Lisa Strumwasser Making the Save

    Lisa Strumwasser, Special Assistant to the Counselors at HHS, guards her team's goal posts

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  • Ali Kelly High Altitude Running

    Ali Kelly, Deputy Associate Director for Let's Move! Outside, at the finish line of a high altitude race for Colorado Academy

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  • Tally Sergent mid volley

    Talley Sergent, Director of Strategic Initiatives at the State Department, about to return a volley.

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  • Samantha Tubman at the Last Chance Meet

    Samantha Tubman, Deputy Social Secretary, Office of the First Lady, was on Haverford College's Women’s Track Team

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  • Lauren Vrazilek in Soccer Uniform

    Lauren Vrazilek, Deputy Director of Correspondance in the Office of the FIrst Lady, with her sister in 1994.

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  • Noelle Lee Rowing Crew

    Noelle Lee, Associate Director for Policy and Events in the Office of the First Lady, rows with her teammates

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  • Meg Freswater action shot

    Meg Freshwater, Director of Correspondence, Office of the First Lady, running up the field

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  • Mira Patel posing in uniform

    Mira Patel is on the Secretary’s Policy Planning Staff, U.S. Department of State and played lacrosse at Wellesley College

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  • Hannah August in uniform

    Hannah August, Press Secretary to the First Lady, in her Livingston (NJ) Soccer Club uniform

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  • Joanna Rosholm Going up for the Block

    Joanna Rosholm, Regional Communications Director, was varsity middle blocker on Foothill High School’s 2002 volleyball team in Santa Ana, CA.

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  • Alice Cosgrove Running the Rugby Field

    Alice Cosgrove, Correspondent and Associate for Public Engagement, makes a drive up the field, rugby ball in hand

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  • Avra Siegel track 1999

    Avra Siegel, Deputy Director of The White House Council on Women and Girls, crosses the finish line in 400 m dash in 1999

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  • Jen Mason

    Jen Mason, Deputy Chief of Staff at the Office of Personal Management, on the court

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