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Artifact: Why We Needed Title IX

Findings from the streets, files, and hard drives of New York.


‘‘These five [team members] are obliged to practice daily; to walk every afternoon; to drink milk or cocoa, and eat only toast for breakfast, and—greatest and most trying ordeal of all—are solemnly pledged to abjure the thing dearest to the schoolgirl palate. For under no circumstances may the varsity team eat fudge.

From “The Game of Basket Ball in Girls’ Schools,” The Illustrated Sporting News, c. 1905, on display at the Sports Museum of America (26 Broadway, at Beaver St.). Item is on loan from the collection of Ernestine Miller.


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