40 Years of Title IX.
40 Women Who Have Made an Impact.

June 21, 2012 | Washington, DC

  WICT, espnW and the Women's Sports Foundation, along with supporting sponsor Scripps Networks Interactive, came together to honor forty women who have made a significant impact on society after participating in a high school or college sport in the forty years since Title IX was enacted.

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ESPN SportsCenter anchor Lindsay Czarniak was the host of the event, as well as moderator of the Power Panel of '40 FOR 40' honorees. During her opening remarks, Czarniak spoke of the impact of Title IX, and that it is “our responsibility to ensure Title IX continues to serve as a beacon of the U.S education system.”

Participants in the Power Panel included Christine Brennan, columnist, USA Today; Beth Brooke, Global Vice Chair of Public Policy, Ernst & Young; Jodi Gillette, Senior Policy Advisor for Native American Affairs, The White House; Dr. Sandra Magnus, Astronaut, NASA; and Dr. Dot Richardson, Director and Medical Director, the National Training Center.

Julie Foudy, Founder, Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy and Sports Analyst for ABC/ESPN and the NBC Olympics, gave a keynote speech on the continuing impact of Title IX, and the roles that women play in today’s society. “We are astronauts, businesswomen, doctors, coaches, scientists, inventors, and military leaders.” Her closing message to those present was to pass on the power of Title IX to the next generation by helping them understand what it means to them.


Pictured: Maria E. Brennan, CAE, President & CEO, Women in Cable Telecommunications (all photos by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for WICT)


Pictured: Laura Gentile, Vice President, espnW


Pictured (l to r): Lindsay Czarniak, Anchor, SportsCenter; Julie Foudy, Founder, Julie Foudy Sports
Leadership Academy; Sports Analyst for ABC/ESPN and the NBC Olympics


Pictured: Julie Foudy


Pictured: Rep. Mary Bono Mack, U.S. Representative, California


Pictured (l to r): Christine Brennan, Columnist, USA Today; Beth Brooke, Global Vice Chair of Public Policy, Ernst & Young; Dr. Dot Richardson, Director & Medical Director, National Training Center; Dr. Sandra Magnus, Astronaut, NASA; Jodi Gillette, Senior Policy Advisor for Native American Affairs, The White House; Lindsay Czarniak


Pictured: Dr. Sandra Magnus


Pictured: Jodi Gillette


Pictured (l to r): Kathy Payne, WICT BOD Chair & VP, Content Acquisition, Cox Communications; Rear Adm. Sandra Stosz, USCG, Superintendent, U.S. Coast Guard Academy; Kathryn Olson, CEO, Women's Sports Foundation; Brig. Gen. Lori Reynolds, USMC; Brigadier General, United States Marines


40 FOR 40 Honorees

Click here to view all of the 40 FOR 40 honorees!