A Place on the Team: The Triumph and Tragedy of Title IXby Welch Suggs
Pub. Date: 10/09/2006
Publisher: Princeton University Press
A Place on the Team is the inside story of how Title IX revolutionized American sports. The federal law guaranteeing women's rights in education, Title IX opened gymnasiums and playing fields to millions of young women previously locked out. Journalist Welch Suggs chronicles both the law's successes and failures-the exciting opportunities for women as well/i>… See more details below
A Place on the Team is the inside story of how Title IX revolutionized American sports. The federal law guaranteeing women's rights in education, Title IX opened gymnasiums and playing fields to millions of young women previously locked out. Journalist Welch Suggs chronicles both the law's successes and failures-the exciting opportunities for women as well as the commercial and recruiting pressures of modern-day athletics.
Enlivened with tales from Suggs's reportage, the book clears up the muddle of interpretation and opinion surrounding Title IX. It provides not only a lucid description of how courts and colleges have read (and misread) the law, but also compelling portraits of the people who made women's sports a vibrant feature of American life.
What's more, the book provides the first history of the law's evolution since its passage in 1972. Suggs details thirty years of struggles for equal rights on the playing field. Schools dragged their feet, offering token efforts for women and girls, until the courts made it clear that women had to be treated on par with men. Those decisions set the stage for some of the most celebrated moments in sports, such as the Women's World Cup in soccer and the Women's Final Four in NCAA basketball.
Title IX is not without its critics. Wrestlers and other male athletes say colleges have cut their teams to comply with the law, and Suggs tells their stories as well.
With the chronicles of Pat Summitt, Anson Dorrance, and others who shaped women's sports, A Place on the Team is a must-read not only for sports buffs but also for parents of every young woman who enters the arena of competitive sports.
Table of Contents
CHAPTER 1: The Segregated History of College Sports 13
CHAPTER 2: A New Paradigm of Civil Rights 32
CHAPTER 3: Heroines as Well as Heroes 45
CHAPTER 4: College Sports and Civil Rights 66
CHAPTER 5: Legal and Logistical Challenges 81
CHAPTER 6: The First Generation 97
CHAPTER 7: A Watershed Moment 105
CHAPTER 8: Clarifications amid Controversy 125
CHAPTER 9: Sports before College 142
CHAPTER 10: The Wrestlers' Response 153
CHAPTER 11: The Tragedy 175
CHAPTER 12: Triumph? 188
APPENDIX A: Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 201
APPENDIX B: Founding Members of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women 205
APENDIX C: Draft Regulations for Interscholastic and Intercollegiate Athletics (1974) 208
APPENDIX D: Final Regulations Concerning Title IX and Scholastic/Collegiate Sports (1975) 210
APPENDIX E: Proposed Policy Interpretation (1978) 212
APPENDIX F: Policy Interpretation: Title IX and
Intercollegiate Athletics (1979) 220
APPENDIX G: The Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987 230
APPENDIX H: Clarification of Intercollegiate Athletic Policy Guidance: The Three-Part Test (1996) 232
APPENDIX I: Further Clarification of Intercollegiate Athletics POlicy Guidance Regarding Title IX Compliance (2003) 236
Landmark Title IX Lawsuits 267
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