University of Minnesota national expert on Title IX available for media interviews
April 23, 2009
This year marks the 35th anniversary of Title IX, the landmark federal legislation requiring gender equity in education and athletics. The law was enacted on June 23, 1972. A U of M expert who can comment on Title IX is:
Mary Jo Kane, University of Minnesota professor of kinesiology
Kane is a leading national expert on Title IX who has written extensively on the social and political implications of Title IX. She is available to discuss the impact of Title IX, criticisms of Title IX and the future of the federal law.
Kane, a professor of sport sociology and the director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport in the College of Education and Human Development, Kane can discuss the numerous myths and misrepresentations surrounding Title IX, such as the myth that Title IX forces schools to drop mens sports.
Title IX brought about a sea change in American society when it comes to athletic opportunities for girls and women, Kane said. "In one generation, we have gone from young girls hoping that there is a team, to young girls hoping that they'll make the team."
Kane will be among leading policy makers, scholars and public officials who will speak at the one day national conference, "Title IX Today, Title IX Tomorrow," hosted by the Stanford Center on Ethics at Stanford University on Saturday, April 25.
Media Note: Title IX anniversary is June 23, but Kane is available starting now for interviews.
To interview this expert, contact the University News Service, (612) 624-5551.