In 1972, legislation was passed that would forever shape the landscape of educational institutions. Title IX is a law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity.
In honor of the historic legislation, the William Smith Athletic department is sponsoring a “Pioneers and Progress Film Series,” highlighting and remembering the impact of Title IX and its specific influence on women in sport.
The series will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 12, with the showing of “Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority.” The documentary follows the remarkable journey of Mink, an Asian-American woman who, while battling racism and sexism, redefined American politics. Mink became the first Asian-American woman and the first woman of color to be elected to U.S Congress. She also played a pivotal role in the transformation of America’s schools as the co-author of Title IX legislation.
The second screening will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 17, featuring a documentary titled “Kick Like a Girl.” This film follows an all-girls’ third-grade soccer team as they compete in a boys’ division. The film recalls the lessons that are learned in competitive athletics and how sports have been effective instruments of social change.
“A Hero for Daisy,” the final showing of the three-part series, will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 7. The documentary tells the story of Title IX pioneer and two-time Olympian Chris Ernst, who galvanized her rowing team to storm the Yale athletic director’s office in 1976, protesting the lack of athletic facilities for women.
All of the films will be shown at 8 p.m. in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library.