Title IX at 45... does it still matter? Missy Park our CEO & Founder posed this question to Billie Jean King, the Titan of Title IX herself. Together, they discussed the lessons they learned on the court and how the power of sports goes far beyond the playing field, out to our board rooms, war rooms, and yes, someday even oval rooms.
“Victory is fleeting. Losing is forever.”
— Billie Jean King
The good fight is the same for me now as it has been since I was 12 years old. It’s all about equality – equal rights for all, including equal pay for equal work.
Title IX is one of the most important pieces of legislation of the 20th century and it is vitally important that we all fight to keep it safe and relevant. While so many think it is only about sports, it is so much bigger. It is about equality and ensuring that all genders have equal access to educational opportunities at all levels.
First, followers choose leaders. Leaders accept the challenge. It is important in business, sports and in life for the dominant group (men, in your example) to have an appreciation, understanding, respect for and real interest in the sub-dominant group (women, in your example). I have always felt we are much stronger when all groups work together to reach a solution. Men need to be open and listen. Women need to ask for what they want and need.
I sure do believe in it. For me, it’s feedback, not failure. We learn from our mistakes and that allows us to advance. But we should also practice our strengths more and make our weaknesses adequate.
We all should be represented and respected. It’s not about “he” or “she” it’s ultimately about “we” and the importance of celebrating one another.
I think coming from a public parks background helped define the person I became. I was blessed with wonderful and loving, but also disciplined support from my family. We didn’t have a great deal of money, but we were always there for each other. I learned to work hard to achieve my success and I tried my best to learn from my mistakes. I never felt entitled. The public park offered me access to a diverse community of people. I have been supported by so many wonderful people over the years that I know my success is because of something much bigger than myself.
Working together and being part of a team effort is one of the best feelings in the world.
Energized and inspired.
I like the questions where it is about us and not so much about me.
Missy Park, a collegiate athlete herself, shares her experience with Title IX and how she sees the next generation of women and girls benefitting, taking risks and leading.
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