An Olympic hero, a groundbreaking high school athlete, and the co-authors of the definitive book on Title IX will gather virtually to discuss the impact of the landmark 1972 legislation that transformed American Sports by vastly expanding opportunities for women’s athletics at the high school and college levels.
The panel will look at the many ways TITLE IX transformed their lives as well as the lives of generations of American women over the past five decades. They will share their stories of how opportunities to participate in sports provided the confidence and determination to excel well after their playing days came to end, thanks to the lessons of leadership, communication, discipline and teamwork gained on the playing field.
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is proud to introduce our distinguished panelists for this special program celebrating Women’s History Month…
• Jackie Joyner-Kersee — One of America’s greatest athletes, winning three gold, one silver and two bronze medals over several Olympic games. Jackie is also a renowned ambassador for women’s athletics and civil rights.
• Ellyn Bartges — A participant in Illinois’s first Girls’ State Basketball Tournament in 1977, Ellyn went on to conduct scores of oral history interviews with pioneers in the Title IX movement as part of her masters and Ph.D. programs.
• Linda Jean Carpenter, Ph.D. & J.D. — Emeritus professor at Brooklyn College and co-author of the definitive book on Title IX, aptly named Title IX.
• R. Vivian Acosta, Ph.D. — Emeritus professor at Brooklyn College and co -author of the definitive book on Title IX, aptly named Title IX.
And, we’re equally pleased to have Peggy Kusinski join us as moderator. Peggy has been Chicago’s NBC5 sports reporter since 2000, and is two-time national Emmy Award winner, earned while a producer at ESPN.