"What it really did was give women the opportunity to be on TV and show they could be successful in sports. Before that, sports was just something that men were good at," said Elizabeth Taylor, an assistant professor in the department of sport and recreation management at Temple University.
"Obviously, the members are elected members of Congress," Ms. Taylor said. "If they feel that their constituents are demanding that they do something, then they are going to listen. These groups represent a lot of constituents."