Brown University’s women’s Rugby team was elevated to Varsity Sport status last month, and years of counseling from the Women’s Sports Foundation played a role in this major move. WSF Senior Director of Advocacy, Nancy Hogshead-Makar, consulted with Brown officials for several years, offering expert guidance and support through an arduous process. “Thanks to the…
The ability to overcome adversity is a key attribute any athlete must possess to reach their highest potential. This could not be truer for speedskater Bridie Farrell, a 31-year-old short track racer who came forward in March of this year with sexual abuse allegations against her former coach and Olympic silver medalist Andy Gabel. Immediately following the long-hidden admission, Farrell announced that she would once again make a run for the U.S. Olympic Team, an achievement that has eluded her in three previous attempts.
Reports of sexual abuse in Olympic sports are, regrettably, becoming common. In a typical case, a promising young athlete is groomed over a period of time for a sexual relationship with her coach. What legal protections do athletes competing on club and Olympic teams have from sexual harassment and assault? Read on for perspective from WSF Senior Director of Adovacy, Nancy Hogshead-Makar.
WATCH: On June 24, the day after the 40th anniversary of Title IX, Nancy Hogshead-Makar, WSF Senior Director of Advocacy, Professor of Law and three-time Olympic gold medalist, was interviewed by MSNBC about the landmark legislation.