BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- June 23, 2012 marked the 40th anniversary of Title IX. While Title IX is still considered controversial, there is no debating the fact that without it the Southeastern Conference would not be the league it is today.
Without women's athletics in the SEC, names like Pat Summitt, Lolo Jones, Teresa Edwards, and Abby Wambach wouldn't exist. The dynasties of Tennessee Lady Vol Basketball, LSU women's track & field and Auburn swimming & diving wouldn't be a part of the fabric of the SEC's championship history.
There's no doubt that the SEC is a stronger conference because of its women's teams. The SEC 40/40 series looked to bring awareness to the 40th anniversary of Title IX through a celebration of women's athletics in the Southeastern Conference.
Below is the original content that looks at the past, present and future of women's athletics in the SEC. It hopefully brings new insight into the many coaches, athletes and administrators that have worked hard to make the SEC what it is today.
While it is impossible to write about every coach, every athlete and every moment, hopefully these stories highlight enough of them to bring a greater awareness of the history and the importance of women's athletics in the Southeastern Conference.