Evidence of this transformation was made clear to me while I was getting my nails done. I was explaining to my nail technician that I trying to formulate ideas for my blog about Title IX and what it meant for women. I explained that the law was enacted in 1977. (Even a 20 something can wrap her or his head around that number. Twenty-five years wasn't so long ago).
I went on to explain that while attending high school my choices were narrow. I was told I could go into teaching or nursing if I wanted to go to college. The reason why these were great careers was because they would work well for a homemaker. Also women weren't always accepted into pre-law, science, politics, research, psychology, social work, etc.
Now, my nail tech has two careers. She works for a large corporation and on Saturday she does nails. She does it because she likes doing it. She also likes to interact with women. She thinks women know a lot. She gets to meet a diverse group of women and have great discussions all day.
Now that is the essence of Title IX isn't it? The ability to have choices, to decide if you want to go to college, develop a trade or skill that is marketable, enter the service industry, or become an entrepreneur. The essence about choices is that you have control. When you have employability or the ability to make money as a woman, you have freedom.