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Game Changers

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

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

The streaming video revolution that is upending the long-entrenched habits of TV viewers is creating more opportunities for women’s sports to get wider exposure.

We live in a country where sports remains our number one metaphor. A national short-hand from which, until recently, most girls and women have been excluded.

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Credits

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

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