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Gender Equity in Sports and Sports Law
As our nation celebrated the 50th anniversary of the passage of Title IX on June 23, 2022, this session discusses whether athletic departments have achieved gender equity. The session explores the history and evolution of Title IX and examines what is “equal athletic opportunity” particularly in the areas of resource allocation and administration of programs. The session also looks at gender equity involving the NCAA and professional sports, and how it reflects into sports law.
In Title IX, Pat Summitt, and Tennessee’s Trailblazers, Mary Ellen Pethel introduces readers to past and present pioneers—each instrumental to the success of women’s athletics across the state and nation. Through vibrant profiles, Pethel celebrates the lives and careers of household names like Pat Summitt and Candace Parker, as well as equally important forerunners such as Ann Furrow and Teresa Phillips. Through their lived experiences, these fifty individuals laid the foundation for athletic excellence in Tennessee, which in turn shaped the national landscape for women’s sports. The book also provides readers with a fuller understanding of Title IX, as well as a concise history of women’s athletics in the pre- and post-Title IX eras.
Pethel’s book represents the first statewide compilation of its kind—offering readers a behind-the- scenes perspective of Tennessee women who dedicated their lives to the advancement of sport and gender equality.
Prof. Mary Ellen Pethel
Professor Pethel will have copies of her book available for sale after the program. The ladies from Thistle Farms will also be set up to offer their products that we all love!
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