Title IX 50th Anniversary Town Hall Series

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WSF is hosting a series of Virtual Town Halls throughout 2022 for the 50th Anniversary of Title IX. These town hall conversations will be free and open to the public, bringing together experts, leaders, advocates, and athletes to share their insights, reflections, and forward thinking as it relates to the progress and promise of the law. See below for more information about our upcoming discussions, how to register and playback options for any conversations you missed!


Women Coaches & Leaders: Title IX’s Impact & Future Promise

November 29, at 12:00 pm ET

Join WSF for the next Town Hall in our Title IX 50th Anniversary series, Women Coaches & Leaders: Title IX’s Impact & Future Promise, on November 29. Together with Women Leaders in College Sports, WSF has gathered advocates and leaders to discuss the effect Title IX has had on women coaches and leaders, and strategies and actionable steps on how to get and keep more women in the leadership and coaching pipeline. Don’t miss out on this important conversation about the coaching and leadership gaps and opportunities.

Moderated by Patti Phillips (she/her), CEO of Women Leaders in College Sports

Panelists include:

  • Kristen Bourne (she/her), US Cross Country D-Team Coach, US Ski Team
  • Muffet McGraw (she/her), Legendary Basketball Coach & ACC Network Analyst
  • Gloria Nevarez (she/her), Commissioner of the West Coast Conference

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Realizing Equity Through Title IX: Intention and Empowerment for Black, Brown, and Indigenous Athletes

September 28 at 3:00 pm ET

Title IX – 37 words of civil rights law that have transformed sport and society over the past 50 years. Noticeably absent from the legislation’s text, however, is any mention of “race,” which is a social construct – the result of this omission has been that BIPOC girls and women have largely been left behind. For decades, the limits of Title IX for BIPOC athletes as a “single-axis” law have been discussed, researched, and lamented in papers and the courts, with little progress being made. Join our panelists as they discuss how we and our communities can carve out and own space as we look ahead to the next 50 years of racial and gender equity in sport.

Moderated by Jen Fry, PhD (she/her) – Owner & CEO of JenFryTalks and Founder of Coordle

Panelists include:

  • Brenda Villa, (she/her/ella) – Co-founder Brenda Villa Foundation, Gold Medalist
  • Rosalie Fish (she/her) – Univ. of Washington Runner, Indigenous Advocate
  • Elizabeth (Libby) Sharrow (she/they) – Assoc. Prof. of Public Policy & History, UMass Amherst
  • Nzingha Prescod (she/her) – Founder & Executive Director, The Prescod Institute for Sport, Teamwork, and Education & Olympic Fencer

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The Next 50 Years: Expanding Access and Redefining Sport

August 11 at 2:00 pm ET

Over 50 years, Title IX has shifted cultural attitudes about what women are capable of on the playing field and in the boardroom. Thus far, Title IX has not created equitable access and opportunity for all women across race, economic status, and disability/ability. When disabled athletes do find their way into interscholastic and intercollegiate athletics, what obstacles has Title IX been unsuccessful in eliminating? What barriers to meaningful access and accommodations are hindering athletes from participation? Over the next 50 years, how can schools foster more inclusive environments? What role can the increased visibility of disabled athletes from a young age play in breaking down the barriers of ableism?

Moderated by Patty Cisneros Prevo, D&I Manager, Wisconsin School of Business & 2X Paralympic Gold Medalist, wheelchair basketball

Panelists include:

  • Scout Bassett, 7x National Champion; Paralympian; Activist
  • Aimée Mullins, Athlete; Actor; Public Speaker; Consultant

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Investing in the Promise of Title IX Town Hall

May 12 at 3:30 pm ET

Why is Title IX so central to the mission of WSF? What are some of the day-to-day Title IX compliance challenges occurring in communities throughout the country and how can they be addressed? How has Title IX impacted the lives of champion athletes and successful women executives? Meet the new leadership of the Women’s Sports Foundation and hear how the organization sees its role as guardian of Title IX over the years ahead.

Moderated by Sarah Axelson, Vice President, Advocacy, Women’s Sports Foundation

Panelists include:

  • Swin Cash, WSF Trustee; WNBA Legend; VP Basketball Operations, New Orleans Pelicans
  • Meghan Duggan, WSF President; Olympic Gold Medalist, Ice Hockey; Player Development, NJ Devils
  • Danette Leighton, CEO, Women’s Sports Foundation

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50 Years of Title IX: We’re Not Done Yet Town Hall

May 5 at 12:00 pm ET

The Women’s Sports Foundation is launching our latest research report, 50 Years of Title IX: We’re Not Done Yet. As part of the research launch, we are hosting our first discussion in our Title IX 50th Anniversary Town Hall Series to discuss the history of Title IX, progress, shortfalls and other key takeaways.

Moderated by Dr. Ellen  J. Staurowsky, Professor in Sports Media, Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College

Panelists include:

  • Erin Buzuvis, Associate Dean & Professor of Law, Western New England University
  • Dr. Courtney Flowers, DEI Consultant & Associate Professor of Sport Studies, Texas Southern University
  • Karen Issokson-Silver, Vice President, Research & Education, Women’s Sports Foundation
  • Dr. Elizabeth (Libby) Sharrow, Associate Professor of Public Policy & History, University of Massachusetts Amherst

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