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Tuesday September 2, 2014


Title IX, Education Amendments of 1972

"No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity..." // www.dol.gov


Al Bean

Andrea Cayer

Gary Fifield

Janet Judge

Julia Pitney

Leigh Saufley

Joyce Wheeler

    Title IX Vignettes

    Sarah (Marshall) Ryan
    Known as Sarah Marshall when she played at McAuley High, an girls-only private school in Portland, she never had to worry about any possible Title IX inequities – there were no boys’ teams. But Ryan, 26, knows how fortunate she was to have grown up when she did.
    Read her story

    Lynn Welch
    Once Title IX began, she saw fairness, respect
    Lynn Welch was a sophomore at South Portland High School in 1972, the year Title IX legislation went into effect. That spring she won the first of three consecutive state singles tennis titles.
    Read her story

    Coach William “Tige’’ Curran
    As opportunities improved, so did the athletes
    William “Tige’’ Curran remembers the first girls softball team he coached at Deering High in Portland very well. The year was 1976, four years after Title IX was signed into law.
    Read his story

    Dr. Dora Anne Mills
    Sports in school became a lifetime passion
    Dr. Dora Anne Mills remembers the buzz on the Bowdoin College campus on a spring day in 1979, when fellow student Joan Benoit won the Boston Marathon.
    Read her story

    Emily Ellis
    “I knew I could play with those guys’’
    It was 1973, a year after Title IX became law, and she was sitting in the stands – “drinking Pepsi,’’ she said – while her brother played a B.U.M. (Brooks-Unity-Munroe) League youth basketball game at the Mt. View High School gym in the small central Maine town of Thorndike.
    Read her story

    Julia Pitney
    Brush with bias shapes life of advocacy
    Pitney, a lawyer at the firm of Drummond & Drummond in Portland, said she is a lawyer because of what she learned fighting for equal rights as an athlete at Connecticut College in New London.
    Read her story

    Joanne P. McCallie
    “Title IX gave me a sense of belonging”
    Joanne P. McCallie has often called herself a “Title IX baby.’’ Born in 1965, seven years before the anti-discrimination statute became law, McCallie grew up in Brunswick in an era when she didn’t know anything but acceptance.
    Read her story

    Joyce Wheeler
    An early taste of inequities, then a chance to change it
    Now a Superior Court Justice for Cumberland County, Joyce Wheeler was a member of the women’s sailing team as an undergraduate at Boston University in 1970, two years before implementation of Title IX legislation.

    Read her story

    Gary Fifield
    USM was strong advocate of women’s programs, coach says
    Gary Fifield has won 601 games in 24 seasons as coach for the University of Southern Maine women’s basketball team. He has seen a huge improvement in the quality of the game across the state, thanks in part to Title IX.
    Read his story

    Kristen (Briggs) Carmichael
    Star athlete grateful for better scholarship opportunities
    Named the Female Athlete of the Year by the Maine Sunday Telegram in 1992 after an impressive three-sport career at York High School, Kristen Carmichael went on to play soccer and softball on a dual athletic scholarship at the University of Vermont. In 1996, she won the university's senior female athlete of the year award.
    Read her story

    Leigh Saufley
    When Saufley was in school, 'girls' sports were not big'
    As the first female chief justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, Leigh Saufley wears distinguished black robes in the courtroom - a far cry from the hideous “unitard” she recalls wearing for physical education as a girl in the South Portland school system.
    Read her story

    Janet Judge
    Opportunities fuel pride, and a desire to give back
    Judge attended Harvard University, where she was the goalkeeper on the soccer team. And now, as president of Sports Law Associates in North Yarmouth, she is one of the nation’s foremost Title IX authorities.
    Read her story

    Title IX Stories

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