Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, April 13, 2012

U-M hosting national conference marking 40th anniversary of Title IX

A national conference to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Title IX will be held at U-M, May 9-11.


Watch a video about Title IX and what it has meant for women's and girls' athletics.

Complete information about "Title IX at 40" including fees and registration forms.

"Title IX at 40: Progress and Promise, Equity for All" will celebrate the federal legislation that enabled women and girls to become high school and college athletes, and to succeed professionally in all fields of endeavor.

The conference begins at 5 p.m., May 9, with a keynote address by Laila Ali, world champion boxer and president of the Women's Sports Foundation, in the Rackham Amphitheater. The lecture is free and open to the public.

A free, interactive workshop for student athletes, coaches and administrators, led by Olympic swimmer and Title IX expert Nancy Hogshead-Makar, will follow Ali's talk. All other events, which also take place at Rackham, require a registration fee.

"Title IX at 40" will highlight the broad impact of the landmark legislation on U.S. society over the last four decades. The conference will explore the consequences of the legislation, including political, social, historical, economic and health-related effects. More than 150 nationally recognized scholars and researchers, Olympic athletes, coaches, educators, policymakers and media experts are expected to participate in the conference.

In addition to Ali and Hogshead-Makar, Olympic athletes and Title IX advocates planning to attend include swimmer Donna de Varona, softball player Jennie Finch, figure skater Sarah Hughes and track and field standout Benita Fitzgerald Mosley.

Policymakers and sports leaders include Amy I. Berman, enforcement director, U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights; James Delany, commissioner of the Big Ten Conference; Nancy Lee, deputy assistant secretary for health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Betsy Stevenson, visiting professor at Princeton University; Arthur Bryant, executive director of the Public Justice Foundation; Neena Chaudhry, senior counsel at the National Women's Law Center; Judy Sweet, first female president of the NCAA; Marjorie Snyder, research director of the Women's Sports Foundation; and Karen Morrison, director of gender initiatives for the NCAA.

"Title IX at 40" is organized by the SHARP Center for Women and Girls, an interdisciplinary research center founded by the Women's Sports Foundation and the Institute for Research on Women and Gender and the School of Kinesiology. This U-M center advances research and policy making to enhance the lives of women and girls through sport, play, and movement.

Major conference support for this 2012 Michigan Meeting comes from the Rackham Graduate School.