Top female athletes of all time

Published On: Jun 22 2012 02:09:05 PM EDT   Updated On: Jun 22 2012 02:09:18 PM EDT

Title IX gave women more opportunities in higher education and, most notably, high school and collegiate athletics. As the 40th anniversary of the legislation's passing approaches on June 23, take a look at the top female athletes of all time.

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Part of the first golden generation of U.S. players, Hamm appeared in the first four Women's World Cups, winning two of them -- including the mythic 1999 tourney on home soil. She also reaped gold in the 1996 and 2004 Summer Olympics.

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