U.S. women earned 56 percent of the country's medals, and 66 percent of its golds.
For the first time in the Patriarchy's history, every participating nation sent at least one woman. The nations that scored big wins were the nations that dared to send more than a token woman.
THANKS TO WOMEN, the U.S. came in first place in the medal haul. THANKS TO WOMEN, China came in 2nd. THANKS TO WOMEN, Russia came in 3rd:
China had 87 medals, and 49 of them were won by women. Even Russia, third in the standings, owes that to a women’s team that produced more than half (43 of 82) of its medal haul.
If U.S. women were our own country:
U.S. women won 29 of the team's 46 golds. To put that in perspective: If the U.S. women were their own nation, they would be tied for third in the gold medal count with Great Britain. Forty years after the passage of Title IX, a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender, there was plenty of reason to celebrate.
Thank you, Title IX:
[Women] have sparkled in prime time with Gabrielle Douglas claiming the all-around gymnastics title and the soccer team defeating archrival Japan in the gold-medal final. They have dominated in the pool and shone on the track. Even in traditionally male domains such as boxing and judo, they have led the way.
For the United States team, it was literally the Title IX Games, proof of the sinew and steel forged in women’s bodies 40 years after federal laws began prohibiting gender discrimination in educational programs receiving taxpayer dollars. American women accounted for nearly two-thirds of the gold medals won by the United States, with their 29 being the most of any women’s or men’s squad from any other country.
There seemed no activity they did not challenge in, with golds in boxing, judo, gymnastics, soccer, beach volleyball, water polo, swimming, tennis, track and field, rowing, shooting, cycling, and basketball. Overall, women played such a big role in London that some dubbed these Olympics
"The Women's Games."
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