Babe Didrikson Zaharias (Mildred Didrikson) was born June 26, 1911 she was the sixth of seven children, and she died September 27, 1956 at 45 due to cancer. She was an American athlete who achieved a great deal of success in track and field and All-American status in basketball. She played organized baseball and softball and was an expert diver, roller-skater, and bowler.
In the 1932 Olympics, she won medals in hurdles, javelin throw and high jump, before turning to professional golf and winning 10 LPGA (ladies professional golf association) major championships.
By the 1940s, she was the greatest woman golfer of all time. The Associated Press declared Babe Zaharias to be the "Woman Athlete of the Half Century" in 1950.
While Zaharias missed the cut in the 1938 PGA (Professional Golfers' Association of America.)Tour event, later, as she became more experienced, she made the cut in every PGA Tour event she entered.
In January 1945, Zaharias played in three PGA tournaments. She shot 76–76 to qualify for the Los Angeles Open. She then shot 76–81 to make the two-day cut in the tournament itself, but missed the three-day cut after a 79, making her the first (and currently only) woman in history to make the cut in a regular PGA Tour event.
She continued her cut streak at the Phoenix Open, where she shot 77–72–75–80, finishing in 33rd place. At the Tucson Open, she qualified by shooting 74–81 and then shot a 307 in the tournament and finished tied for 42nd. Unlike other female golfers competing in men's events, she got into the Los Angeles and Tucson Opens through 36-hole qualifiers, as opposed to a sponsor's exemption.
In 1948, she became the first woman to attempt to qualify for the U.S. Open, but her application was rejected by the USGA (United States of Greater Austria). They stated that the event was intended to be open to men only.
Babe had a big impact on women's sports because she inspired women all over the world to play sports, she didn't focus on the idea of being a women or playing "mens" sports. She simply saw it as a sport, a game that people played for leisure. She didn't differentiate it between males and females.
Title IX is a federal law that states: "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance." This being set into motion allowed women to play sports without being discriminated. Although had been playing sports before this was put into motion, which helped women want to fight for sports equality.
She participated is sports for her own enjoyment and didn't think twice about the fact that she was a woman