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The Legacies of the 1974 Women’s Educational Equity Act

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

BWSF President and Co-Founder and Temple University Professor Emeritus Tina Sloan Green, along with activists, scholars and students from across the country, attended the National Women’s Studies Association annual meeting November 9-13, 2013 in Cincinnati Ohio at the Duke Energy Convention Center. Sloan Green represented BWSF on a gender panel discussion entitled, “Women of Color Revisiting the Gender Equity Framework.”

The panel convened a group of experts who focused on women of color and the legacies of the 1974 Women’s Educational Equity Act. This Act provided funds for Title IX and helped to codify women’s equality under the law in the U.S. This Act helped to set build the foundation for antidiscrimination policies and remedies as well as set in motion the language of gender equity we use today. The panelists reflected on the significance of the law and its power in shaping opportunities for women of color across a number of domains including higher education, the workplace and women’s sports. Panelists included Sloan Green, Cecilia Maldonado, University of Nevada Las Vegas, and Guisela Latorre and Judy Wu, both of The Ohio State University and the editors of Frontiers, A Journal of Women’s Studies. Wendy Smooth of The Ohio State University moderated the panel. Smooth, along with Anita Tijerina Revilla of the University of Nevada Las Vegas are serving as guest editors of a special issue of Frontiers focusing on women of color and gender equity. The NWSA panel discussion will appear in the upcoming special issue of Frontiers along with remarks from several additional scholars from across the country.

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