There were a number of advances in women's education during this decade. Among them were:
- The Ivy League schools generally began admitting women at the end of the '60s. Admissions grew in the '70s. This affected only a small percentage of women but it was symbolically important.
- The start and growth of Women's Studies programs. While not all women took such courses, their presence showed that there was coming to be more attention paid to issues faced by women in academia and society.
- Most important of all was Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act of 1972. This law mandated that women be given equal access to all programs at schools that received federal funding. This law did a great deal to promote both education and extracurricular athletics for women.