Title IX: The Continuing Quest for Gender Equity in Sports

February 25, 2003

Athena Yiamouyiannis, executive director of the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport, will talk about gender equity in sports Monday, March 10 at Mary Baldwin University. The free, public lecture will be at 7:30 p.m. in Francis Auditorium in the Pearce Science Center at Coalter and Frederick streets in Staunton.

Yiamouyiannis will discuss the impact of Title IX, the federal requirement for equity in sports, and how it might be changed or re-interpreted. The 30-year-old Title IX recently was reviewed by a federal commission.

Yiamouyiannis has lectured around the country. She has a master’s degree in sports management and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Ohio State University, where she was the undergraduate student body president and received the OSU Scholar Athlete Award. She is pursuing a doctorate in higher education administration at George Washington University. Before taking the top staff position at NAGWS, she was on the staff of the NCAA.

The nonprofit NAGWS, based in Reston, Virginia, has more than 4,000 educators as members. It is dedicated to promoting opportunities for girls and women in sports and addressing related issues.

Mary Baldwin University, with a main campus in Staunton, Virginia, and five regional centers, excels in providing leadership training, character development, and career preparation with a strong academic foundation. A master’s level university, Mary Baldwin offers three undergraduate residential programs for women — the Traditional Program for Women, the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted, and the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership — as well as coeducational, nonresidential bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. Mary Baldwin offers the B.A. and/or the B.S. in more than 30 majors, the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), the Master of Letters (M.Litt.) and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance, and post-graduate teacher licensure (PGTL). The oldest women’s college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Mary Baldwin was founded in 1842 and was the first women’s college to be granted a circle of the national leadership honor society Omicron Delta Kappa. It is one of only 262 colleges and universities to shelter a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society.