Title IX and College Sports

Title IX and College Sports

Is your school treating women fairly? That’s a good question. Champion Women has taken the athletic department data that colleges and universities report to the Department of Education and made it user-friendly. We’ve crunched the numbers and calculated how far off schools are from gender equality in scholarship dollars, participation opportunities, and benefits (using recruiting spending as a proxy). We’ve given every school a pass/fail grade for each of those categories, and an overall pass/fail grade for each school. Visit the full site for this project: TitleIXSchools.com A school must pass all three categories to pass overall – because there’s no such thing as “partial” equality. …there’s no such thing as “partial” equality… In the table linked below, you’ll find the numbers and our gender equality assessment for all post-secondary schools that submitted complete EADA data for 2018-2019. It should be noted that the pass/fail indications on this table cannot possibly capture the full picture of Title IX compliance. The data in this table can make it easier to assess whether a school is providing equal participation opportunities and scholarship dollars. The Department of Education’s Title IX regulations require that recipients of Federal financial assistance that operate or sponsor interscholastic, intercollegiate, club or intramural athletics must provide equal athletic opportunities for members of both sexes. This includes: the provision of equipment and supplies; scheduling of games and practice time; travel and per diem allowances; opportunity for coaching and academic tutoring; assignment and compensation of coaches and tutors; provision of locker rooms, and practice and competitive facilities; provision of medical and training facilities and services; housing and dining services; publicity;...

Five myths about women’s sports

By Liz Clarke, Reporter, Washington Post (The real battle lines are between college sports’ “haves” ( football and men’s basketball) and its “have-nots” (men’s Olympic sports and women’s sports), as three-time Olympic gold medalist and law professor Nancy Hogshead-Makar explains in her book “Equal Play: Title IX and Social Change.”) Washington Post story...

Rise in Title IX discrimination complaints highlights persistent disparities for female athletes

by Daily Kos Staff (“Anyone can file an OCR complaint, legal representation isn’t necessary. But some advocates for female athletes hope the latest report will also reveal ways in which systemic discrimination can be remedied. That’s the hope of civil rights lawyer Nancy Hogshead-Makar, who is also a former Olympian and chief executive of the advocacy group Champion Women. The question Hogshead-Makar’s organization and others are trying to address now, she said, is how to address the problems on a broad scale rather than on a case-by-case basis. “The idea is, how do you get change to scale?” she said. “We do the one-offs. But one-offs inform the bigger projects of how you get change to scale.”‘) Daily Kos story...

The WNBA And Its Isiah Thomas Problem

by Alana Glass, Forbes Contributor (While the voting standards set forth by the Board of Governors are not a matter of public record, Nancy Hogshead-Makar, Esq., CEO of Champion Women, notes that sex discrimination must be viewed as seriously as race discrimination, which the NBA Board of Governors recently used as cause for terminating an ownership interest. “Isiah Thomas’ appointment as president and potential owner of the New York Liberty just shows how differently people perceive race discrimination and sex discrimination,” said Hogshead-Makar in an email to Forbes.com. “Donald Sterling merely had a recording leaked where he made racist comments, and he was forced to sell the Clippers. Yet a jury found, after an extensive, well-covered trial, that Isiah Thomas sexually harassed Anucha Browne Sanders, and awarded her $11.6 million in damages against the Knicks enterprise. Sterling made racist remarks to his girlfriend, whereas Thomas sexually harassed Browne Sanders repeatedly. Sterling made racist remarks in the privacy of his own home, while Thomas sexually harassed Browne Sanders publicly. If Thomas had made equally as racist remarks, he would never be considered for a position in professional sports, anywhere.”) Forbes story...

Why The Number Of Gender-Related Athletics Discrimination Complaints Is Rapidly Increasing

BY Travis Waldron, Think Progress (“There’s no new news. We have a very strong statute, the regulations that interpret that statute are really clear, and we have case law that says unequivocally and repeatedly that equal means equal,” Hogshead-Makar said. “And yet you have, every way you measure it, these great big disparities.”  The question Hogshead-Makar’s organization and others are trying to address now, she said, is how to address the problems on a broad scale rather than on a case-by-case basis. “The idea is, how do you get change to scale?” she said. “We do the one-offs. But one-offs inform the bigger projects of how you get change to scale.” Champion Women and other groups are working to inform schools that are non-compliant of their problems and how widespread the problems are. The hope is to shine light on the disparities not just for athletics officials but for everyone involved on campuses in a way that will drive awareness of the scale of the problem. While enforcement from outside bodies, including OCR, is still necessary, the onus, ultimately, is on schools to follow a law they should already be in compliance with, Hogshead-Makar said. “There’s nothing to argue about” when it comes to equal opportunities and facilities for girls and women, she said. “The law is not that hard.”)  Think Progress story...