40 Women Who Have Made a Significant Impact on Society After Playing High School or College Sports
The Women’s Sports Foundation (WSF), in collaboration with espnW and Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT), released its 40 FOR 40 list of forty women who made a significant impact on society after playing sports in high school or college during the forty years since the enactment of Title IX in 1972. The honorees will be recognized as part of a 40 FOR 40 event on June 21 at the JW Marriott in Washington, DC. The supporting sponsor of the event is Scripps Networks Interactive.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 requires schools and colleges receiving federal money in any education program or activity to provide the same opportunities for girls as they provide for boys. According to WSF, Title IX has resulted in growth of girls participating in high school sports from 1 in 27 in 1972 to about 2 in 5 today. Title IX has not only made its impact felt in terms of athletic participation, but in educational opportunities for girls and women. According to several studies, the combination of the two has produced significant long-term educational, health and economic benefits for women.
Indian Country lone representative on that list is Jodi Gillette, she is an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota and South Dakota, was previously the Deputy Assistant Secretary to the Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs for Policy and Economic Development in the U.S. Department of the Interior. Prior to joining the Assistant Secretary’s staff, she served as Deputy Associate Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and Associate Director of Public Engagement, where she was responsible for the communication and interaction between tribal nations and the White House. She played a key role in the White House Tribal Nations Conference in 2009 and 2010, where the President hosted tribal leaders from across the U.S.. Prior, Ms. Gillette had served as executive director of the Native American Training Institute in Bismarck, a non-profit offering technical assistance and training to tribal, state and local governments in the area of human service delivery systems. She also had served as an economic development planner for her tribe in Fort Yates, N.D. Ms. Gillette holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and Native American Studies from Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. (1991) and a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs in Minneapolis (2003). Jodi played her collegiate basketball at Dartmouth College.
Others on the list include include: Christine Brennan (Journalism/Media); Ann Cody(Nonprofit); General Ann Dunwoody (Military); Tina Fey (Arts and Entertainment); Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (Government/Civil Service);Ellen Kullman (Business and STEM); Queen Latifah (Arts and Entertainment);Dr. Condoleezza Rice (Government/Civil Service and Academia); Dr. Dot Richardson (Medicine); Sally Ride (STEM); Robin Roberts(Journalism/Media); Irene Rosenfeld (Business) and Meg Whitman(Business). Click the Below, please find a full list of honorees.