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SHARP Events 2012-13

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SHARP Insights
2012-13 Academic Year

SHARP Insights Speakers

Jennifer Zdroik, "Gender Differences in Interpersonal Networks: An Exploration of Sports Leaders," Wednesday, April 24, 2013, Noon, 1100 Observatory Lodge

In sport, the steady progress toward gender equality on the field of play has not been matched in the boardrooms of national and international sport organizations, such as the International Olympic Committee, National Olympic Committees, and International Federations. Understanding the factors that might influence the advancement and promotion of women in nonprofit sports organizations is an important step toward achieving workplace equity. This lecture will examine how one such factor, diverse and strong social networks within professional organizations, can influence professional success.

Jennifer Zdroik is a doctoral student in the School of Kinesiology's Department of Sport Management. She joined the SHARP Center for Women and Girls when she arrived at U-M and helped organize the Title IX at 40 conference. She earned her master's degree in sport management at the University of Tennessee, where she wrote her thesis on Sport Volunteer Motivations. Her current research interests include networking, leadership, and decision making.


Laura Pappano, "Title IX Was Necessary, Imperfect + Polarizing: Now What?, Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 11:30-1:00 PM, 1100 Observatory Lodge

Laura Pappano is an award-winning journalist, author, and blogger who writes about education and gender-related sport issues. Author of Inside School Turnarounds (2010), The Connection Gap (2001), and coauthor of Playing With the Boys: Why Separate is Not Equal in Sport (2008), Laura regularly writes for The New York Times and the Harvard Education Letter. Her work has appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, The Huffington Post, The Boston Globe Magazine, and other publications. She is writer-in-residence at the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College, leads the Women's Sport Leadership Project, and is founder and editor of the FairGameNews.com blog.

Enacted at a particular moment in history, Title IX reflected and codified certain gender and cultural biases even as it created new opportunities. The law provided both access and limitations at a time when access was most prized. This presentation will explain how we can now recognize and overcome the ingrained practices that have become barriers to the advancement of women's sports.

Deborah Slaner Larkin (Executive Director, USTA Serves and Former Executive Director, Women's Sports Foundation), "Igniting Change in Women's Sport: Illuminating the Hidden Levers of Change, Wednesday, February 6, 2013, Noon-1:30 PM, 2239 Lane Hall, 204 S. State Street

Larkin will speak about her extensive experience and perspective on the real causes of change in girls' and women's sport, with a focus on the synergistic roles of research, advocacy, and collaboration. The SHARP Center is especially thrilled to sponsor this talk as a way to mark the 27th National Girls and Women in Sports Day, an event Deborah Slaner Larkin was instrumental in creating.

Joanne C. Gerstner (U-M, Knight-Wallace Fellow), "The State of Women in Sports Media," November 28, 2012, Noon-1:30 PM, 2239 Lane Hall, 204 S. State Street

Andrei S. Markovits (U-M, Comparative Politics and German Studies), "Sportista: Female Fandom in the United States," September 14, 2012, 1:00-2:30 PM, 2100 Observatory Lodge

SHARP Insights: How Title IX Changed the Game
2011-12 Academic Year

During the year leading up to the 40th anniversary of the passage of Title IX and the Michigan Meeting conference on Title IX, SHARP will sponsor a series of seven public lectures on a variety of topics related to Title IX.

Follow this page and IRWG’s Calendar of Events throughout the year for updates about SHARP Insights: How Title IX Changed the Game.

SHARP Insights Speakers

Susan Ware (independent historian), "A Sporting Chance: Title IX and Women's History," September 14, 2011, 4:00 PM, SPH1, 1755

Carol Hutchins (U-M softball coach), "The Winningest Coach in U-M History: How Title IX Made It Happen," October 24, 2011, 10:00 AM, Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery, Room 100

Andrew Zimbalist (Smith College, Economics), "Equal Pay: The Road Traveled and the Way Forward," November 10, 2011, 5:00 PM, 2239 Lane Hall, 204 S. State Street

Michael Messner (University of Southern California, Sociology and Women's Studies), "The Cultural Impact of Title IX," Friday, December 2, 2011, Noon, 3735 Central Campus Recreation Building (CCRB). Please turn to SHARP's YouTube channel to see Prof. Messner's talk in its entirety.

Don Sabo (Women's Sports Foundation, D'Youville College), "The Social Costs of Falling Short of Gender Equity in High School Sports," Friday, February 3, 2012, Noon-1:30 PM, 2239 Lane Hall

Stephen Ross (Penn State Institute for Sports Law, Policy, and Research), "Radical Reform of Intercollegiate Athletics: Antitrust, Title IX, and Public Policy," Thursday, February 23, 2012, 4:00 PM-5:30 PM, Bickner Auditorium, 3735 CCRB, 401 Washtenaw Avenue

Marie Hardin (associate professor of journalism and associate director, Curley Center for Sports Journalism, Pennsylvania State University), "The Impact of Journalistic Norms on the Framing of Title IX and Women's Sports," March 15, 2012, 4:00 PM, Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery, Room 100

Richard Lapchick CANCELLED (program director and chair, DeVos Sport Business Management Program, University of Central Florida) "Women Kept Out: The Numbers behind the Story," March, 26, 2012, time, location, TBD

Vivian Stringer (women's basketball coach, Rutgers University) "Title IX, Perhaps the Most Important Piece of Legislation Affecting Women/Society over the Past 40 Years," April 18, 2012, 3:00 PM-4:30 PM, Ford School of Public Policy, Annenberg Auditorium, 1120 Weill Hall. Cosponsored by the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.


Title IX at 40
Progress and Promise—Equity for All
May 9-11, 2012

Title IX at 40 presentations by Laila Ali (Women's Sports Foundation), Amy Berman (US Office of Civil Rights), James E. Delany (Big Ten Conference), and Bernice "Bunny" Sandler ("Godmother of Title IX") are being shown around the clock, through June 8, on the Michigan Channel. Follow this link to see dates and times.

Conference Program

Women's Sports Foundation President and boxing champion Laila Ali makes the first slice into the Title IX birthday cake.

A national conference, Title IX at 40, featuring Women's Sports Foundation President and boxing champion Laila Ali, took place at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, May 9-11, 2012. About 250 people attended in all.

Title IX at 40 celebrated the anniversary of this landmark legislation, which changed the lives of women and girls by mandating that all people, without reference to sex, have equal access to athletics and other educational programs receiving federal financial assistance.  

Title IX at 40 highlighted the broad impact of the 1972 legislation on US society. Nationally renowned researchers, athletes, and policy makers explored the political, social, historical, economic, and health-related effects of Title IX.

A key goal was to develop a call to action and create an agenda for future research intended to fulfill the promise of this important legislation.

Undergraduate and graduate students from across the country participated in the poster session.

Title IX at 40 was organized by the SHARP Center for Women and Girls, an interdisciplinary research center founded by the Women's Sports Foundation and the University of Michigan's Institute for Research on Women and Gender and the School of Kinesiology. This U-M center advances research and policy making to enhance the lives of women and girls through sport, play, and movement.

Major support for this conference came from the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in conjunction with other university units, including the SHARP Center for Women and Girls; Institute for Research on Women and Gender; School of Kinesiology; Athletics; School of Education, Office of the Vice President for Global Communications; College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; and the Office of the Vice President for Research. Additional support comes from the Women’s Sports Foundation and the NCAA.