Equity in Sports Has Focused on Gender, Not Race. So Gaps Persist.

Title IX, over 50 years, has heavily benefited white women over nonwhite women. That’s partly because race has never been part of the law.

In 1998, Traci Green and her Florida teammates posed with an N.C.A.A. women’s tennis championship trophy after defeating Duke in five of six matchups. Green, who received a full scholarship to Florida, smiled proudly, graciously.

“I knew I was a beneficiary of Title IX, due to the history,” Green, 43, said in an interview, recognizing the opportunities that the federal law had created for women and girls in sports since its enactment in 1972.

But Green also knew that she — a Black woman on a team full

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