Abstract

http://ssrn.com/abstract=1201942
 
 

Footnotes (192)



 


 



The Heart of the Game: Putting Race and Educational Equity at the Center of Title IX


Deborah L. Brake


University of Pittsburgh - School of Law

Verna L. Williams


University of Cincinnati - College of Law

August 4, 2008

Virginia Sports & Entertainment Law Journal, Vol. 7, p. 199, 2008
U. of Pittsburgh Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2008-20
U of Cincinnati Public Law Research Paper No. 08-19

Abstract:     
This article examines how race and educational equity issues shape women's sports experiences, building upon the narrative of Darnellia Russell, a high school basketball player profiled in the documentary The Heart of the Game. Darnellia is a star player who, because of an unintended pregnancy, has to fight to play the game she loves.

This girl's story provides a unique and underutilized lens through which to examine gender and athletics, as well as evaluate the legal framework for gender equality in sport. In focusing on this narrative, we seek to give voice to black female athletes and to express their concerns in ways the law and scholarship have yet to do. The article focuses on several under-theorized areas: among them, how the push for greater Title IX enforcement in the context of ongoing inequalities in public education has ignored the deeper educational inequalities and educational policy issues that provide the broader context for sports programs, and the impact of policies concerning pregnancy and motherhood on female athletes. The absence of attention to these issues in the discourse and public policy debates surrounding Title IX undermines the law's transformative potential and its ability to succeed in enhancing the sports experiences of all women.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 51

Keywords: Title IX, sports, race, gender, discrimination, civil rights, education

Accepted Paper Series


Download This Paper

Date posted: August 7, 2008 ; Last revised: May 5, 2010

Suggested Citation

Brake, Deborah L. and Williams, Verna L., The Heart of the Game: Putting Race and Educational Equity at the Center of Title IX (August 4, 2008). Virginia Sports & Entertainment Law Journal, Vol. 7, p. 199, 2008; U. of Pittsburgh Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2008-20; U of Cincinnati Public Law Research Paper No. 08-19. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1201942

Contact Information

Deborah L. Brake (Contact Author)
University of Pittsburgh - School of Law ( email )
3900 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
United States

Verna L. Williams
University of Cincinnati - College of Law ( email )
P.O. Box 210040
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0040
United States
513-556-1220 (Phone)
513-556-1236 (Fax)
Feedback to SSRN


Paper statistics
Abstract Views: 1,516
Downloads: 131
Download Rank: 129,093
Footnotes:  192

© 2014 Social Science Electronic Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.  FAQ   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy   Copyright   Contact Us
This page was processed by apollo2 in 0.343 seconds