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Title IX at 50: Lincoln School Celebrates Landmark Legislation

Lincoln School is proud to announce Title IX at 50, a week-long celebration of Title IX and the fiftieth anniversary of its passage as federal law on June 23, 1972. 

Although most people associate Title IX solely with athletics, Title IX is one part of a larger legislation commonly known as the Education Acts of 1972, which expanded the protections of previous civil rights legislation. Lincoln’s Title IX at 50 recognizes this watershed moment in women’s history with a week of programming centering around Title IX and its impact—at Lincoln, in Rhode Island, and throughout the country. 

“I am thrilled that we are celebrating this milestone for women. I can speak first hand to the positive impact that athletics—which were a significant part of my high school years at Lincoln School and college experience at Princeton University—have had on my life. It is so important that we recognize the trailblazing women who made this possible and set our sights on continuing their legacy.”
—Sophie Glenn Lau ’88, Head of School

The highlight of the week, May 9 through 13, is a panel discussion on Wednesday, May 11. The panel features Carolan Norris, former Brown University Senior Associate Athletics Director, Ivy League Championship–winning field hockey coach and lacrosse coach, 1981 NCAA National Field Hockey Championship winner, and inductee in the Connecticut Field Hockey Hall of Fame and the New Agenda: Northeast Women's Hall of Fame; Cindy Blodgett, Lincoln School Athletic Director, retired WNBA guard (the sixth overall draft pick in 1998), four-time Kodak All-American, and the second woman in NCAA Division I history to lead the nation in scoring for four consecutive seasons; and Quinn Crum ’15, five-time medalist on the Junior Olympics fencing team, six-time medalist in the National Cup, three-time medalist in the USA Fencing National Championships, as well as winner of the NCAA National and Ivy League Fencing Championships. The panel will be moderated by Martha Boss Bennett ’85, Lincoln School Head Lacrosse Coach, 2016–17 Girls Lacrosse State Coach of the Year, and a lacrosse All-American and field hockey player during her time at Dartmouth College.

In addition to the panel, Middle and Upper School students will screen selections from A Hero for Daisy (1999), about the women’s rowing team at Yale who protested gender bias in the university’s athletic programs, and other documentary sources. Lincoln’s Feminist Club will also present on the larger context of Title IX and its place in our national framework of civil rights laws. 

The recognition of Title IX and women's athletics will be capped off on Thursday, May 12, with a celebratory Lynx Rally at the Murray Athletic Complex at Faxon Farm, in Rehoboth, Massachusetts, where Middle School Lacrosse faces off against Moses Brown at 3:45 p.m., Middle School Tennis competes against Archie Cole Middle School and Gordon School at 3:45 p.m., and Varsity Lacrosse plays Middletown High School at 5:30 p.m.

“The best way to support women in athletics is to support girls in athletics. Show up and cheer. Get the gear. Tweet about it. Girls are every bit the competitors that boys are, and our support early on can change lives. It did for me.” 
—Cindy Blodgett, Lincoln School Athletic Director