Nancy Hogshead-Makar


Career Highlights

• Three-time Olympic gold medalist
• Winner of the Kiputh Award, given to the nation's best all-around swimming
• Member of 12 Halls of Fame, including the International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame; the International Swimming Hall of Fame; the International Scholar Athlete Hall of Fame; the National Consortium for Academics and Sports Hall of Fame
• Sports Illustrated ranked her as Florida’s 13th greatest athlete overall of the 20th Century
• 12-year Career as a Professor of Law
• Civil Rights Lawyer

Life-long advocate for access and equality in athletics, internationally recognized legal expert on sports issues, scholar and author Nancy Hogshead-Makar has a commitment to equity, using sport as a vehicle for social change.

Hogshead-Makar is one of the foremost exponents of gender equity in education, including sports participation, sexual harassment, employment, pregnancy, and legal enforcement under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the Olympic movement. Her book, co-authored with Andrew Zimbalist, EQUAL PLAY, TITLE IX AND SOCIAL CHANGE, has received acclaim since its release by Temple University Press. She was the lead author of PREGNANT AND PARENTING STUDENT-ATHLETES; RESOURCES AND MODEL POLICIES, published by the NCAA. In 2009 she brought a successful legal challenge against the Florida High School Athletic Association whose cuts to competitive seasons discriminated against female athletes. In the settlement, the competitive seasons were restored for all high school athletes throughout Florida.

Hogshead-Makar has a 29-year history with the Women’s Sports Foundation. She started as a volunteer as a college intern, becoming the third President from 1992-94, it’s the legal advisor from 2003-10, and serving currently as its Senior Director of Advocacy.

Hogshead-Makar has testified in Congress numerous times on the topic of gender equity in athletics, written numerous scholarly and lay articles, and has been a frequent guest on national news programs on the topic, including 60 Minutes, Fox News, CNN, ESPN, NPR and network morning news programming. She serves as an expert witness in Title IX cases and writes amicus briefs representing athletic organizations in precedent-setting litigation. Since 2003 she has been the Co-Chair of American Bar Association Committee on the Rights of Women. She was elected to the editorial board of the JOURNAL OF INTERCOLLEGIATE SPORT in 2009. She is on the Advisory Board of the Association of Title IX Coordinators (ATIXA) and the Aspen Institute's Sport and Society.

Hogshead-Makar has received significant awards recognizing her commitment to athletics, including: an receipt of an honorary doctorate from Springfield College, induction into the Academic All-America Hall of Fame and the International Scholar-Athlete Hall of Fame, membership in the Hall of Fame for the National Association for Sports and Physical Education, and receipt of the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators’ Honor Award. In 2011 she was presented with the National Organization for Women’s Courage Award. Sports Illustrated Magazine listed her as one of the most influential people in the 35-year history of Title IX.

Hogshead-Makar was in private practice at the law firm of Holland & Knight and was a tenured Professor of Law where she taught Sports Law, Torts and Civil Rights courses. She earned her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and is an honors graduate of Duke University.

Hogshead-Makar capped eight years as a world class swimmer at the 1984 Olympics, where she won three Gold medals and one Silver medal. Through high school and college dual meets she was undefeated. Other major awards include the Nathan Mallison Award, given to Florida’s outstanding athlete, and the prestigious Kiphuth Award, given to the best all-around swimmer nationally. Nancy has been inducted into twelve halls of fame for her swimming accomplishments, including the International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame and the International Swimming Hall of Fame. In 2000, Sports Illustrated ranked her as Florida’s 13th greatest athlete overall of the 20th Century (3rd greatest female).

She and her husband, an appellate judge on Florida's First District Court of Appeal, Scott Makar, have a son and twin daughters. They are continuously restoring their 1920s Mediterranean home.

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Nancy Hogshead-Makar named Women's Sports Foundation Senior Director of Advocacy

APRIL 19, 2010: The Women’s Sports Foundation (WSF) named Professor Nancy Hogshead-Makar its Senior Director of Advocacy. The WSF was founded by Billie Jean King in 1974 as a driving force to attract girls and women to sport while promoting better health and education. Read the Press Release

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