It was a historic breakthrough four decades ago that would reshape school athletics across the nation.
The federal gender equity legislation Title IX was passed in 1972, and during the 1975-76 academic year, the Globe began recognizing MIAA female athletes as all-scholastics for their individual accomplishments.
The honorees included high school athletes who excelled in swimming, field hockey, basketball, softball, tennis and track. By the end of the 1976 calendar year, 83 athletes had been honored.
Today, that disbelief among all-Sdcholastic honorees has lessened as female athletes have received increased media exposure. But the accolade remains a symbolic reminder of how much the athletic landscape has changed in the four decades since Title IX took effect. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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