Synopses & Reviews
"Title IX is arguably one of the most important pieces of federal legislation affecting higher education in the past fifty years. Welch Suggs's A Place on the Team
chronicles the history, legal interpretations, and battles surrounding Title IX and gender equity in intercollegiate athletics. It is an exceptionally well-written, well-researched, and balanced book that should be read by anyone interested in the present and future of college sports."--Myles Brand, President, the National Collegiate Athletic Association
"As someone who has coached girls and women at many different levels, I've seen the ways that Title IX has changed the landscape of athletics. A Place on the Team provides an engrossing and thorough look at how this legislation has affected and continues to shape women's sports."--Sylvia Hatchell, Head Coach, University of North Carolina Women's Basketball
"A Place On The Team is the definitive book on Title IX and will be required reading for every person--certainly for every coach, athletics department official, and university administrator--interested in the topic. Its presentation of the history is clear, cogent, and exhaustive."--Murray Sperber, Indiana University
"This book gathers in one place all the important information on historical, philosophical and legal aspects of women's sports. It enlivens this with interviews with the major players in the field and with real life stories that bring the major issues home to the reader. What's more, it recognizes the difficulties women's sports programs will continue to face as the cost of providing intercollegiate athletics rises."--Elsa Kircher Cole, General Counsel, National Collegiate Athletic Association
"After Title IX of the Higher Education Act passed in 1972, women's athletics began to change. While women's sports existed long before the amendment was passed, Title IX brought about more opportunities, more scholarships and more teams for women. But the first three decades after its passing were also marred with dark periods of protest and noncompliance and, to this day, Title IX remains a work in progress. All the highs and the lows, are extensively chronicled in Suggs's book, a must-read for any sports historian or female athlete interested in how the opportunities she so freely enjoys came about. But for every proponent of Title IX, there exists opposition, Suggs writes. 'In mandating that women athletes be treated the same as men, the law encouraged women's sports to develop in the hypercompetitive, highly commercialized model that evolved in men's sports.' He notes that others argued men's sports were being cut in order to comply with Title IX, creating conflict between male and female athletes and coaches. In 1976, Yale rowers made headlines when they stripped nude, 'Title IX' written across their chests and backs, to protest the cutting of sports of 'lesser importance,' like crew, in colleges across the nation. 'These are the bodies Yale is exploiting,' the men said in a written statement. The awarding of scholarships was another critical change for women's college sports, making it possible for schools to recruit women for the sole purpose of playing on sports teams. As Title IX is celebrated and debated, Suggs's book, the most extensive on the subject, includes in-depth looks at pre- and post-Title IX athletics and clearly deciphers one of the most controversial laws in American history. " Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
He...fairly presents a range of feminist, conservative, and libertarian viewpoints. Kathy Ruffle, Library Journal
A Place On the Team is the inside story of how Title IX revolutionized American sports. Welch Suggs chronicles this federal law's success and failures--the exciting opportunities for women as well as the commercial and recruiting pressure of modern-day athletics.
A Place on the Team
is the inside story of how Title IX revolutionized American sports. The federal law guaranteeing women's rights in education, Title IX opened gymnasiums and playing fields to millions of young women previously locked out. Journalist Welch Suggs chronicles both the law's successes and failures-the exciting opportunities for women as well as the commercial and recruiting pressures of modern-day athletics.
Enlivened with tales from Suggs's reportage, the book clears up the muddle of interpretation and opinion surrounding Title IX. It provides not only a lucid description of how courts and colleges have read (and misread) the law, but also compelling portraits of the people who made women's sports a vibrant feature of American life.
What's more, the book provides the first history of the law's evolution since its passage in 1972. Suggs details thirty years of struggles for equal rights on the playing field. Schools dragged their feet, offering token efforts for women and girls, until the courts made it clear that women had to be treated on par with men. Those decisions set the stage for some of the most celebrated moments in sports, such as the Women's World Cup in soccer and the Women's Final Four in NCAA basketball.
Title IX is not without its critics. Wrestlers and other male athletes say colleges have cut their teams to comply with the law, and Suggs tells their stories as well.
With the chronicles of Pat Summitt, Anson Dorrance, and others who shaped women's sports, A Place on the Team is a must-read not only for sports buffs but also for parents of every young woman who enters the arena of competitive sports.
About the Author
Welch Suggs is associate director of the Knight Foundation Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics and is also pursuing a Ph.D. in education policy at the University of Georgia. He is the former senior editor for athletics at the "Chronicle of Higher Education", and has written about sports for the "Kansas City Star" and "Street and Smith's Sports Business Journal".
Table of Contents
CHAPTER 1: The Segregated History of College Sports 13
CHAPTER 2: A New Paradigm of Civil Rights 32
CHAPTER 3: Heroines as Well as Heroes 45
CHAPTER 4: College Sports and Civil Rights 66
CHAPTER 5: Legal and Logistical Challenges 81
CHAPTER 6: The First Generation 97
CHAPTER 7: A Watershed Moment 105
CHAPTER 8: Clarifications amid Controversy 125
CHAPTER 9: Sports before College 142
CHAPTER 10: The Wrestlers' Response 153
CHAPTER 11: The Tragedy 175
CHAPTER 12: Triumph? 188
APPENDIX A: Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 201
APPENDIX B: Founding Members of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women 205
APENDIX C: Draft Regulations for Interscholastic and Intercollegiate Athletics (1974) 208
APPENDIX D: Final Regulations Concerning Title IX and Scholastic/Collegiate Sports (1975) 210
APPENDIX E: Proposed Policy Interpretation (1978) 212
APPENDIX F: Policy Interpretation: Title IX and
Intercollegiate Athletics (1979) 220
APPENDIX G: The Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987 230
APPENDIX H: Clarification of Intercollegiate Athletic Policy Guidance: The Three-Part Test (1996) 232
APPENDIX I: Further Clarification of Intercollegiate Athletics POlicy Guidance Regarding Title IX Compliance (2003) 236
Landmark Title IX Lawsuits 267