Game Changers

Portrait of Simone Biles
Simone Biles at Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica.
(Christina House / Los Angeles Times)

Champions of sport. Champions of causes. Champions period. Here are the bad-ass women who shook up, and are shaking up, the world.

Nearly 50 years after Congress passed Title IX, female athletes are still scrambling for a fair shot. In hockey, top Americans and Canadians train with their national teams part-time; the rest of the season, they have only a small pro league that offers twice-a-week practices, weekend games and thin salaries.

Milestones from the first women in the Olympics to the first woman in the Super Bowl.

Portrait of Kerri Walsh Jennings
Kerri Walsh Jennings in Hermosa Beach.
(Christina House / Los Angeles Times)


Female athletes still face significant barriers. The Times asked a sample of players, coaches and administrators to discuss the pressing issues of the day.

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Photography: Christina House
Photo editing: Sammy Jo Hester, Mary Cooney
Writers: Helene Elliott, Mary McNamara, David Wharton, Nathan Fenno, Kevin Baxter, Tania Ganguli, Jack Harris, Victoria Hernandez, Stephen Battaglio, James F. Peltz
Story editors: Alice Short, Mike Hiserman, Kelli Sullivan
Copy editors: Tim Trepany, Evita Timmons, Andre Vergara, Fernando Dominguez, P.K. Daniel, Steve Horn, Nick Leyva, Matt Tustison, Curtis Zupke, Jim Buzinski
Video production: Nani Sahra Walker, Claire Collins
Video thumbnails: Allison Hong
Interactive timeline: Rahul Mukherjee
Production: Courtney Lewis, Christian Orozco, Lora Victorio
Audience Engagement: Fidel Martinez, Adriana Lacy, Christina Schoellkopf, Louisa Frahm
Research: Michael Darling