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Sep 22 2022

Title IX at 50: Looking Back, Looking Forward

Please join us for this special Library event which invites the community to reflect on the 50th anniversary of Title IX and to celebrate Constitution Day. Title IX legislation, banning sex-based discrimination in schools receiving any federal aid, relied on the Equal Protection Clause in the14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This event will explore the activism that made Title IX possible, the progress that has been made, and the work that remains.The authors of two new books about Title IX will share their work and lead a panel discussion on the law’s legacy and future, with special guests, followed by a lively Q&A with the audience.

Speakers: Lucy Jane Bledsoe and Bonnie J. Morris will be joined by Charmin Smith, Cal basketball coach, Layshia Clarendon, WNBA All-Star and Cal basketball alum, and Maddi Wong, student filmmaker on Title IX at Cal, for discussion.

Lucy Jane Bledsoe is the author of novels for both adults and young people. Her most recent, No Stopping Us Now, is an autobiographical YA novel about love, basketball, and activism, closely following her own experience bringing Portland, Oregon, into compliance with Title IX in the mid-’70s.

Bonnie J. Morris, Ph.D., teaches the popular Sports and Gender course for the Department of History and the American Cultures program at Berkeley. She is the author of 19 books, including the just-published What’s the Score? Twenty-Five Years of Teaching Women’s Sports History.

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