What does Title IX mean today in athletics to advance gender equity in youth sports, schools, and society? Audience members will get hands-on basics to understand Title IX in its 50th anniversary year, learn why all of us advancing gender equity in athletics strengthens our communities, and what practical, easy actions can further Title IX’s promise for everyone. In 1972, just 300,000 girls played high school sports, and now, post-Title IX, over 3.4 million girls play! Yet, we have more work to do to level the playing field for girls, women, and all, and to engage boys, men, and everyone as allies and partners in the gender equity pursuit. The dialogue will further provide information on getting more girls into the game and women into coaching to support more gender equitable youth sports cultures, along with proven tools, resources, and next steps.
Kim Turner serves as the Director of the Gender Equity Initiative at Positive Coaching Alliance advancing sports-based gender equity for girls, coaches, schools, and community programs. Kim has a decade of experience as a nonprofit Title IX attorney including with Legal Aid at Work’s Fair Play for Girls in Sports project. She presents for diverse audiences on Title IX and related law, advocates for equity-spurring legislation, provides technical assistance and writes on gender equity youth sports issues. Before law school in New York, she worked in the U.S. Senate and for the National League of Cities in Washington D.C. Kim coaches youth sports, played Division 1 college volleyball for Brown University, and enjoys any and all pick-up games with family, friends, and colleagues in California’s Bay Area.