Title IX and the Fight for Equity in College Sports
Recounts the remarkable story of a women’s basketball team that challenged
the separate-but-unequal world of big-time college sports.
"A fascinating and well-told story, written in a smooth and engaging
style. The subtle rhetorical analysis woven into the story
allows the work to blur the boundaries of sport history and communication;
it is an exemplar of how the two fields should be interconnected."—Sarah K. Fields, University of Colorado, Denver
Kelly Belanger is associate professor in the English Department at Valparaiso University. She
is the coauthor of Second Shift: Teaching Writing to Working Adults.
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In 1979, a group of women athletes at Michigan State University, their civil
rights attorney, the institution’s Title IX coordinator, and a close circle of college
students used the law to confront a powerful institution—their own university. By
the mid-1970s, opposition from the NCAA had made intercollegiate athletics
the most controversial part of Title IX, the 1972 federal law prohibiting discrimination
in all federally funded education programs and activities. At the same
time, some of the most motivated, highly skilled women athletes in colleges
and universities could no longer tolerate the long-standing differences between
men’s and women’s separate but obviously unequal sports programs.
In Invisible Seasons, Belanger recalls the remarkable story of how the MSU
women athletes helped change the landscape of higher education athletics.
They learned the hard way that even groundbreaking civil rights laws are not
self-executing. This behind-the-scenes look at a university sports program challenges
us all to think about what it really means to put equality into practice,
especially in the money-driven world of college sports.
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6 x 9, 448 pages, 18 black-and-white illustrations, appendixes, notes, bibliography, index