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Nine For IX is a series of nine documentaries created by ESPN Films to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Title IX, a landmark piece of legislation that helped pave the way for females to be given the same athletic opportunities as males. These documentaries are more than just biographies of female athletes, though; they explore the social and cultural factors that still affect both the featured athlete and other female athletes who try to follow in their footsteps. And these films weren't afraid to fully tackle these social and cultural factors either. One film explores the fight of female reporters to gain equal access to men's pro locker rooms. Another film features a frank discussion about the sexual objectification of popular female athletes.

Nine For IX is recommended for all sports and sports history fans, be they male or female. Not only are these stories an inspiration, they focus on issues that are still relevant to all athletes, male and female.

Tuesday 8:00 PM et/pt on ESPN
1 Season, 10 Episodes
July 1, 2013
Sports
5.9/10
Cast: Brandi Chastain
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Nine for IX Full Episode Guide

  • Sports is supposed to be the ultimate level playing field, but in the media and on Madison Avenue, sometimes looks trump accomplishments. This film explores the double standard placed on female athletes to be the best players on the field and the sexiest off of it.

  • Team captain, Julie Foudy, narrates the story of the U.S. womens' soccer team that won the Women's' World Cup in 1999 and forever changed the world of female sports.

  • The expectations for American distance runner Mary Decker were sky high as she made her Olympic debut in the 3,000 meters at the 1984 Los Angeles Games. Following numerous setbacks that prevented her from the 1976 and 1980 Olympics, she was ready to validate her greatness. But as fate would have it, a major collision would define her career.

  • At the height of the Cold War, Katarina Witt became one of East Germany's most famous athletes and the world's best figure skater. Trained in an ice rink that gave rise to socialist heroes, Witt dominated her sport by winning six European skating titles, five world championships and back-to-back Olympic gold medals.

  • The story of basketball star Sheryl Swoopes. The three-time Olympic gold-medalist was one of the first stars of the WNBA, winning four-straight titles in Houston while endorsing Nike's "Air Swoopes" sneaker. Directed by Hannah Storm.

  • The tragic story of free-diver Audrey Mestre, who became involved in the sport as a therapeutic outlet from scoliosis and later immersed herself in the sport through a relationship with Cuban defector Pipin Ferreras.

  • The quest for equal locker-room access for female journalists is explored, with special attention on cases including Boston Herald's Lisa Olson and Melissa Ludtke of Sports Illustrated. Christine Brennan, Claire Smith and Lesley Visser are among those interviewed.

  • Pat Summitt was a legendary basketball coach, and this is her story. Her son Tyler and numerous others describe how their lives were changed during her record-setting career. Tamika Catchings, Peyton Manning and Kenny Chesney are among those featured.

  • Financial parity in tennis is chronicled by director Ava DuVernay, focusing on the bold efforts of Venus Williams that led to equal prize money to the men at Wimbledon in 2007. Williams lobbied British Parliament and wrote an op-ed in The London Times.

  • One of the most prolific coaches in college basketball history, Coach Vivian Stringer became more well-known to the non-sports world when radio personality Don Imus described her players as "nappy headed hoes." Her response to the 2007 incident showed she wasn't just a great coach, but the perfect example of grace under fire.

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