Martin is First Woman to Play NCAA Division I Football
Amidst cheers from an audience of more than 11,000 people, Ashley Martin made history on Thursday by scoring a field goal for Jacksonville State University and becoming the first woman to play and score in a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I football game. By the end of the game, Martin had kicked three points for her team, received a standing ovation, and broken another barrier for women in sports. Two other women have been on NCAA teams, Kathy Klope and Katie Hnida, but neither were given playing time.
Nearly three decades have passed since the enactment of Title IX, a federal law prohibiting sex discrimination in federally funded education, including athletics. As a result of Title IX, women have benefited from more athletic opportunities and more opportunities for athletic scholarships. However, while Martinís victory is one for all women in athletics, women athletes still have a long way to go to reach parity with men in sports. Collegiate womenís athletic programs receive only 26% of college sportsí operating budgets and less than 30% of college recruiting money.
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Media Resources: ESPN.com, 8/30/01; Washington Post 8/31/01 ; Women's Sports Foundation
11/20/2014 Federal Appeals Court Rejects Priests for Life Challenge to Birth Control Coverage Rule - In a victory for women's health, a unanimous panel of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit on Friday rejected a challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive coverage benefit brought by Priests for Life, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington and other religiously affiliated non-profit organizations.
Judge Nina Pillard, a former law professor who was nominated to the DC Circuit by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate in December, wrote the opinion for the Court, which found that the ACA birth control benefit did not substantially burden or violate non-profits' religious freedom.
Under the Affordable Care Act, health insurance companies must cover the full cost of all FDA-approved contraceptives - including the pill, IUDs, and emergency contraception - without requiring co-pays or cost-sharing. . . .