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Chart: Equal footing for women

  • August 4, 2012 - 6:47 PM
In 1900, just 2.1 percent of events at the Summer Olympics were women's events (2 of 95). By 1972, the year Title IX became law, 22.1 percent of events were women's events. But that number has jumped even more dramatically in the past 40 years since the law's passage, and now the number of men's and women's events is nearly equal. Here is a look at the progression since 1972:

Year Total events Women's events Percentage of women's events

1972 195 43 22.1

1976 198 49 24.7

1980 203 50 24.6

1984 221 62 28.1

1988 237 72 30.4

1992 257 86 33.5

1996 271 97 35.8

2000 300 120 40.0

2004 301 125 41.5

2008 302 127 42.1

2012 302 140 46.4

Source: www.olympic.org

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