City of Chicago Title IX Celebration
Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and First Lady Amy Eshleman invite Chicago residents to commemorate the 50th anniversary of passing Title IX of the Higher Education Act. From July 17th to July 23rd, Chicago Title IX Week will host a series of activations in partnership with organizations across the city.
About Title IX
The passage of Title IX on June 23, 1972, was the first comprehensive federal law that prohibited discrimination based on gender, pregnancy status, sexual orientation, and gender identity within an education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. After 50 years, this landmark legislation has had a lasting impact on expanding opportunities for women and girls in education and athletics in Chicago and across the country.
Chicago Title IX Hero Awards
These honorees have led Chicago by example through leadership, participation, and their continued work to lift women and girls on and off the playing field.
Title IX Legend Award
To honor Title IX’s 50 years of achievements, the City of Chicago will award sports icon and equality champion Billie Jean King with the Title IX Legend Award.
Title IX Leader Award
To honor Title IX’s 50 years of achievements, the City of Chicago will award two-time WNBA champion and sports broadcaster Candace Parker with the Title IX Leader Award.
Title IX Champion Award
To honor Title IX’s 50 years of achievements, the City of Chicago will award head coach of DePaul Blue Demons women’s basketball team Doug Bruno with the Title IX Champion Award.
Chicago Title IX Events
- A public panel with Olympic gold medalist and Chicago Blackhawks player development coach Kendall Coyne Schofield, former Notre Dame head women’s basketball coach Muffet McGraw, and USA Today sports columnist and commentator Christine Brennan.
- Activities throughout the week with the Chicago Park District and a Title IX resource guide by the Chicago Public Library.
- A screening of Candace Parker’s documentary produced by her company Baby Hair Productions called Title IX: 37 Words That Changed America.
Check back for more events throughout the community.
Chicago Title IX Week is made possible through the support of the Chicago Bears, Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Bulls, Chicago Cubs, Chicago Fire, Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Library, Chicago Red Stars, Chicago Sky, Chicago White Sox, Laura Ricketts and Brooke Skinner Ricketts, and One Chicago Fund.
Check back periodically for updates on Chicago Title IX Week events and activities.