Summary of “Flagrant Foul: Benching Teen Moms Before Title IX”

After Christoffer got married, taking the last name Rubel, and gave birth to a daughter in 1970, the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union denied her eligibility to play basketball her senior year.
As Rubel told the Des Moines Register soon after she filed her lawsuit, “A Russian girl who is married and the mother of three took gold medals at the last Olympics – that proves something.”
Ever since the sport took hold in Iowa in the early 1900s, the state has had a strong tradition of girls’ basketball – it was even once referred to as the “Capital of women’s basketball.” Prior to the passing of Title IX in 1972, of the nearly 300,000 American girls that played high school sports, 20 percent were Iowans, of whom almost half played basketball.
If Rubel – a married student with a 1-month-old at home – was allowed to play, the entire school would lose its athletic certification, which would effectively disquality all of Ruthven’s girls’ teams from being able to compete in any sports.
According to a story in the Register, “It’s hard to find anyone here who doesn’t think Jane Rubel should play basketball if she wants to.” Hackett – Rubel’s friend and teammate – told the paper that all the young people she’d talked to in surrounding towns supported Rubel’s desire to play, calling the lawsuit the topic of discussion at Friday night high school football game.
Cooley “Actually believed I would’ve been a really bad influence for the image of girls’ basketball,” Rubel says.
Ruthven led by nine points after the first quarter when, according to Rubel, “The refs just started calling fouls and just whatever else they could to even out the game. And there was like five out of the six of us in foul trouble before the game closed.” And though no Ruthven player fouled out, Everly still attempted 28 free throws to Ruthven’s 15, a glaring disparity.
Several players in northern Iowa had been waiting for a ruling on Rubel’s case before deciding whether to challenge the IGHSAU’s policy – Cooley specifically cited a “Girl in Gruver” named Kaylynn Reinhardt Anderson that “Was preparing to file a suit of her own” – and their eligibilities were reinstated.

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