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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1. Mia Hamm. The best women's soccer player in history came into the world the same year as Title IX, and her career is a shining example of the law's lasting benefits: the power bestowed on young girls when they're given a chance.

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