Getting in the Game: Title IX and the Women's Sports Revolution

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Title IX, a landmark federal statute enacted in 1972 to prohibit sex discrimination in education, has worked its way into American culture as few other laws have. Yet few people fully understand the law's requirements, or the extent to which it has succeeded in challenging the gender norms that have circumscribed women's opportunities as athletes and their place in society more generally. In this first legal analysis of Title IX, Deborah L. Brake assesses the statute's successes...
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Overview

Title IX, a landmark federal statute enacted in 1972 to prohibit sex discrimination in education, has worked its way into American culture as few other laws have. Yet few people fully understand the law's requirements, or the extent to which it has succeeded in challenging the gender norms that have circumscribed women's opportunities as athletes and their place in society more generally. In this first legal analysis of Title IX, Deborah L. Brake assesses the statute's successes and failures.
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“An interesting, exciting project that offers fresh perspectives on an area of the law that is generally misunderstood . . . fascinating and well done.”
-Ann C. McGinley,William S. Boyd Professor of Law, University of Nevada Las Vegas

Getting in the Game provides a masterful overview of what it would take to really level the playing field for women in sports. This book is indispensable reading for anyone who cares about gender equity in athletics.”

-Deborah L. Rhode,author of Speaking of Sex: The Denial of Gender Inequality

Getting in the Game offers clearheaded demystification of the debates over gender equity in the U.S. school and college sports. Without falling into the role of uncritical cheerleader, Deborah Brake shows how the successes of Title IX result from its pragmatic knitting-together of various strands of feminist legal theory. The result is a body of law sturdy enough to press effectively for equal opportunity, but flexible enough to allow for the nuances of difference. Whether one’s concern is with inferior sport facilities for high school girls, cutbacks to certain college men’s sports, or women athletes and pregnancy, Getting in the Game is a must-read.”

-Michael A. Messner,author of It's All for the Kids: Gender, Families, and Youth Sports

Getting in the Game is must reading for those seeking to understand both the monumental success of Title IX and the dilemmas and barriers that impeded achievement of its full promise. There is no better treatment of the subject of women’s sports—why it matters, what Title IX now requires, and how the law might be improved. This book will change the way we think about equality in women’s sports, and help us to think more rigorously and creatively about how to achieve it.”

-Katharine T. Bartlett,Duke University School of Law

Getting in the Game is must reading for those seeking to understand both the monumental success of Title IX and the dilemmas and barriers that impeded achievement of its full promise. There is no better treatment of the subject of women’s sports—why it matters, what Title IX now requires, and how the law might be improved. This book will change the way we think about equality in women’s sports, and help us to think more rigorously and creatively about how to achieve it.”

-Katharine T. Bartlett,Duke University School of Law

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814760390
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 8/20/2012
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Deborah L. Brake is professor of law and distinguished faculty scholar at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: The Feminism of Title IX 1

1 Separate Is Equal? 15

2 Integration Rights: Girls Playing with Boys and Boys Playing with Girls 41

3 The Three-Part Test and the Opportunity to Play 67

4 Complicating Equal Participation: What Counts as a Sport, Which Sports Should Women Play, and Which Women Should Play Them? 95

5 Cutting Men's Opportunities to Help Women? Title IX and Leveling Down 119

6 Treatment as an Equal 143

7 The Dilemma of Difference and the "Problem" of Pregnancy 169

8 Beyond Equal Access: Retaliation, Coaching, and Sexual Harassment 191

Conclusion 217

Notes 231

Selected Bibliography 275

Index 277

About the Author 287

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