Category Archives: Nancy Hogshead-Makar

How Sheryl Swoopes’s Pregnancy Changed Professional Sports Forever

In response to the controversy, the NCAA quickly devised a set of gender-neutral guidelines for collegiate athletics programs across the country. Nancy Hogshead-Makar, senior director of advocacy at the Women’s Sports Foundation and author of the guidelines, said that addressing the stigma surrounding student-athlete pregnancy was crucial.

“When we were writing this, two NCAA student-athletes who got pregnant hid the babies, had the babies, and killed the babies–all because there was this shroud of shame,” says Hogshead-Makar. “Athletes on scholarship are usually unmarried and their babies unplanned. Our society is not kind to young women who are pregnant, particularly to women of color, and women without a job. Certainly from a societal perspective, keeping them in school is best.”

… read the entire post at The Atlantic.

Gender Gap Shrinking Worldwide in Aquatic Sports at Olympic Games

“Women make up 50 percent of the (world) population, so I can’t see any logical reason for women not being 50 percent of the competitors,” said Nancy Hogshead-Makar, the senior director of advocacy at the Women’s Sports Foundation and a 1984 swimming Olympic champion.

Having been a swimmer for many years, Hogshead-Makar said she saw firsthand how other sports can emulate swimming, with nearly the same number of males and females training together in the pool at the same time. She also noted that the United States’ above-average number of females can be attributed to sports being an integral part of the education system, which few countries do. The foundation’s work with enforcing Title IX in high school and college athletics has also played a part in promoting athletic participation among women, Hogshead-Makar said.

“It gives us a vision of what sports could be and makes us want that globally,” she said.

… read the entire article at Swimming World Magazine.

Issue of boys playing on girls sports teams to be debated in Pa.

Nancy Hogshead-Makar, who won three gold medals in swimming at the 1984 Olympics, is now the senior director of advocacy for the Women’s Sports Foundation and a sports law professor at Florida Coastal School of Law. She’s considered an expert on Title IX. When contacted Thursday by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, she said she understood the complexity of the issue in Pennsylvania.

“Sports are unique,” Hogshead-Makar said. “Other than bathrooms, they are the only sex-segregated area because of the physical differences between boys and girls.”

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Towson University baseball bailout assailed

While Title IX may have come into play in Loeschke’s decision at Towson, the situation at this university mirrors that of many schools that decide to cut sports programs. It almost always comes down to a lack of financial resources, not an issue of federal compliance that spells doom for men’s sports programs, said Nancy Hogshead-Makar, a former Olympic swimmer and senior director of advocacy for The Women’s Sports Foundation.

“When schools do have to cut a men’s program, it is inevitably — and both Maryland and Towson are prime examples of this — because of budgets, because they can not support the size of the athletic program that they would like to,” said Hogshead-Makar, who is also a law professor at Florida Coastal School of Law.

… read the entire story at Diamondback Online.

Philadelphia archbishop to allow coed youth football following request from 11-year-old girl

“The civil rights laws protecting girls, minorities and the disabled are actually pretty good now,” said Nancy Hogshead-Makar, a 1984 swimming gold medalist who is now a Florida law professor and senior director of advocacy for the foundation. “But what’s missing is people willing to take a stand and insist on equal treatment for all.”

… read the entire story at the Washington Post.

Malibu High lights raise Title IX concerns

That impacted the girls’ ability to do homework and spectators’ ability to attend, said Nancy Hogshead-Makar, senior director of advocacy for the Women’s Sports Foundation.

“The court held that it was impermissible that the girls had to play then,” Hogshead-Makar said. “They could never develop a fan base, because parents and fans could not get those nights off.

“Most kids want to play on Friday nights,” Hogshead-Makar said.

Read the entire piece at the Malibu Times.

Pa. girl fights to keep playing Catholic league football; archbishop reviewing boys-only rule

The Women’s Sports Foundation believes there are instead good reasons to reverse the rule — and not just for the sake of girls.

“What the diocese is missing is all the wonderful things that come out of co-ed sports. The mutual respect that lasts a lifetime between girls and boys,” said lawyer Nancy Hogshead-Makar, a 1984 Olympic gold medalist in swimming who now is senior director of advocacy for the Women’s Sports Foundation.

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