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How it came to be that women's basketball is the talk of the town

Half a century ago, no one paid attention when my friends and I played basketball. We were kicked off the court, but shoved back in the game, clearing the lane for Paige Bueckers, Caitlin Clark, Angel Reese and other contemporary stars.

Over the decades, women's opportunities grew thousandfold with media exposure. Today girls never question their right to play ball.

Born at the turn of the 21st century, Caitlin Clark grew up with female sports role models. As early as second grade, she wrote her goal - play in the WNBA. At Iowa, she helped pack arenas. America watched, mesmerized.

In the 1960s, in my own second-grade story, I wrote that the lockers played ball against the wastebaskets during recess. Inanimate objects in school had a greater chance of competing than girls. We shot hoops anyway for the love of the game.


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