Middlebury To Host Title IX Discussion

September 24, 2012

“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.”

When these 37 words, known as “Title IX,” entered into force as a portion of the 1972 Patsy T. Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act, the world of athletics was to change forever. Since college athletic departments had to provide the same opportunities for women and men, participation of female students in college sports has risen by more than 450 percent since the 1970s.

At Middlebury, women’s basketball, golf, ice hockey, soccer, softball, squash, and volleyball were added after 1972.

On September 24, 2012 at 7 p.m., a panel of five female athletes will examine what effect Title IX has had on their lives. They will outline as well the issues that continue to concern female athletes.  Participants include Associate Director of Athletics Missy Foote, Associate Director Emerita of Athletics Gail Smith, Assistant Nordic Skiing/Track Coach and Olympic participant Patty Ross, Olympic participant Lea Davison ’05 and NCAA Woman of the Year finalist Margo Cramer ’12.

The event is organized by the Program in Women & Gender Studies and Chellis House, the Women’s Resource Center, in collaboration with the Department of Athletics and the Office of the Dean of the College. It will take place in McCardell Bicentennial Hall 216. A dessert reception to honor Olympian Lea Davison ’05, NCAA Woman of the Year Finalist Margo Cramer ’12, and Lauren Greer ’13, Field Hockey Honda Sports Award recipient, will take place after the event.