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Clinton commemorates 40th anniversary of Title IX

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WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton marked the 40th anniversary of Title IX by meeting with ESPN President John Skipper.

The amendment made it illegal for federally funded schools to discriminate against women. It also leveled the playing field for female athletes.

"The title IX decision was revolutionary, and I think all of us who care about opportunities for girls and women view it as one of the most consequential pieces of legislation for women in our country's history," Clinton said.

The secretary of state also announced a new initiative to empower female athletes worldwide. Twelve girls and four female coaches from the Caribbean will participate in a track and field exchange in the U.S.

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