Top female athletes of all time

POSTED: 11:09 AM PDT Jun 22, 2012    UPDATED: 11:09 AM PDT Jun 22, 2012 

Title IX gave women more opportunities in higher education and, most notably, high school and collegiate athletics. As the 40th anniversary of the legislation's passing approaches on June 23, take a look at the top female athletes of all time.

Annika Sorenstam
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4. Annika Sorenstam. Sorenstam was the first woman to shoot a 59 at a tournament, in 2001. She was player of the year a record eight times. She led Europe to Solheim victories over the United States in 2000 and 2003. She is the LPGA's all-time money winner with nearly $22.6 million in earnings. And in 2003, she was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

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