Linda Greenhouse, writing for the NYT's The Opinionator, agrees with many commentators that by empowering women's athletics then 40-year-old Title IX has been an important factor in the dominating performances of U.S. women Olympians. But she reminds us not to forget the role of the Supreme Court, and not to take it for granted:
By endorsing a broad interpretation of Title IX at crucial moments over the years, the court has played a critical role in making that law the powerful force for women’s advancement (most famously in athletics, but not limited to the playing field) that it is today.
Photo: First Lady Michelle Obama is picked up by U.S. Olympic wrestler Elena Pirozhkova during a greet with Team USA Olympic athletes competing in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, at the U.S. Olympic Training Facility at the University of East London in London, England, July 27, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Sonya N. Hebert)