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Equity in Sports: UVA?s Bonnie Hagerman Explains the Impact of Title IX (USA)

val-ackermanVal Ackerman was one of the first female athletes to receive a scholarship to play on the University of Virginia women?s basketball team in 1977 ? and she shared it with another player.

Ackerman, who became the program?s first 1,000-point career scorer, went on to become the founding president of the Women?s National Basketball Association in 1996.

Her story is just one example of how the federal non-discrimination regulation known as Title IX expanded sports opportunities for girls and women, who joined sports teams in droves. Now, ?playing like a girl? has lost its negative connotation, but nearly 45 years later, what is the lasting impact?

UVA Today posed that question to Bonnie Hagerman, a lecturer and director of undergraduate programs in the Women, Gender and Sexuality program who has taught ?Women, Gender, and Sport: A History of American Female Athletes? on Grounds since 2008. Currently working on a book version of her Ph.D. dissertation, ?Skimpy Coverage: Female Athletes in Sports Illustrated, 1954 to the Present,? Hagerman was one of several speakers commenting on a current exhibit at UVA, ?Victorious Secret: Noticing Elite Sports for Women, 300 AD,??by artist Angela Lorenz (who will give a talk Sept. 19 at 6 p.m. in Campbell Hall, room 158).


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