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Update on Title IX

For a year, Oglethorpe Women’s Network has followed with interest in Title IX legislation as it faced criticism during its 30th anniversary year. Title IX prohibits sex discrimination in any education program or activity receiving federal aid, including athletics.

Myles Brand, president of the NCAA and commencement speaker for Oglethorpe's 2003 graduation, addressed several IX issues in his talk. Referring to the 1972 Civil Rights legislation as the "real field-of-dreams story," Dr. Brand reported that less than 30,000 women participated in college sports thirty years ago. Today the number is almost 150,000.

Dr. Brand said, "Conventional wisdom led us to believe that girls and women simply were not as interested or capable in sports as boys and men." Dr. Brand continued, "We wonder what they must have been thinking. If we thought sports could bring value to the lives of young boys, how could we not have thought it would do the same for young girls?"

Critics of Title IX feel the program has forced certain male sports programs to be eliminated in order to maintain gender equity. However, in July the Justice Department, as well as a commission President Bush appointed to review the legislation, both recommended no changes. Instead, they suggested clarifying some wording in the legislation in order to broaden funding capabilities for under-funded male athletic programs.

Conversations with Betsy Morris, an OWN-sponsored program

Betsy Morris, in informal conversation on April 23 with Lee Wilder, discussed her role as senior writer for Fortune magazine. The program was presented on April 23, 2003, at Oglethorpe University’s Museum of Art for members of Oglethorpe Women’s Network, Oglethorpe faculty, staff and students.

Betsy and Lee spoke candidly about an array of topics and what is involved in bringing a story from idea to finished product. At Fortune, Betsy covers consumer, marketing and economic trends. She revealed that her features often address issues involving women in business. She also confessed that juggling an active career with family is an on-going challenge.

Betsy’s features have included "Trophy Husbands," "Is Your Family Wrecking Your Career," "The Dyslexic CEO," "Fed-Up: Executive Women and Mid-Life Crisis" and "What’s a Corporate Wife Worth? The Story of Lorna Wendt."

Members of the audience had an opportunity to ask questions and express their ideas to Betsy.

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