Past Press Releases

October 11, 2007

Title IX was passed 35 years ago, and many today view it as having “solved” the problem of gender inequality in sports. However, while Title IX was critical to opening athletic doors to girls and women, it opened sex-segregated doors. Title IX never demanded equality, and has ironically served to keep female athletes in second-class status. Laura Pappano, writer-in-residence with the Wellesley Centers for Women, and her colleague Eileen McDonagh will talk about the effects of this flawed design and how women today are working toward equality in sports.

Lunchtime Seminar Series programs are free and open to the public. Held Thursdays from 12:30 to 1:30 in the Cheever House Library, the seminars highlight the work of Wellesley Centers for Women researchers and program staff. For more information, call 781.283.2500 or visit 

For more than 30 years, the Wellesley Centers for Women has been a driving force—both behind the scenes and in the spotlight—promoting positive change for women and men, girls and boys. WCW brings together an interdisciplinary community of scholars engaged in research, training, analysis, and action. Our groundbreaking work is dedicated to looking at the world through the eyes of women with the goal of shaping a better world for all.