Mar 13, 2007 — This year marks the 35th anniversary of the passage of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Title IX is the anti-discrimination law that protects women and minorities who are working or studying in an academic setting. During the three and a half decades since Title IX was signed into law, there has been a big shift in societal attitudes toward girls and women in sports. Earlier this month, the St. Lawrence County Branch of the American Association of University Women held a forum celebrating Title IX and positive changes in female sports programs in the North Country. Gender equity expert and sports advocate Mitzi Witchger, founder of GREAT! (Girls Really Expect a Team!), was the keynote speaker. She's a sports equity leader in Minnesota, Indiana and nationally. Witchger told Todd Moe her interest in sports equity began when her daughter was born in 1973 - the year after Title IX became law.