American Association of University Women Presents “Athletes in Skirts” January 5

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Career Development Grant recipient, Elaine Waldman“Athletes in Skirts,” an original play will be presented on Saturday, January 5, 2013 at the Long Beach branch of American Association of University Women (AAUW) at the Long Beach Petroleum Club.

The original play was written by Jacky Mason of the Readers Theater group of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Branch of AAUW and features four outstanding pioneering women athletes who were breaking down gender barriers in sports long before Title IX was passed; they are Annie Oakley, Gertrude Ederle, Babe Didrikson, and Billie Jean King.

Athletes in Skirts is Saturday, January 5, 2013 at at the Long Beach Petroleum Club, 3636 Linden Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90807. Social begins at 9:30 a.m., business meeting at 10:00 a.m., program at 11:00 a.m., followed by lunch at 12:00.

Cost of the luncheon is $30.00. For more information and reservations, please call Margy Arthur at 562-799-8497 by December 31st.

January is Tech Trek Month and contributions are being accepted for Tech Trek camperships at the meeting. Long Beach AAUW has targeted two Title I schools, Muir School and Washington Middle School, for six campers at the University of California Irvine campus this summer for one week. Cost of one campership is $900.00. Checks may be made out to AAUW CA SPF. Contact person is Pat Ferrer, or 562-799-8497. AAUW Membership is open to those with an AA degree or higher. To learn more about membership in AAUW, please go to

Title IX of the Education Amendments was acted by Congress in June of 1972 and shortly thereafter signed into law. Its provisions were fairly simple and direct: it prohibited gender discrimination by all educational programs or activities that received any type of federal financial aid.

Over the ensuing 40 years, Title IX has been the subject of much political controversy and ongoing litigation. Despite repeated efforts to circumvent, limit, or repress implementation of its provisions, Title IX has provided women with protections against discrimination in education which almost certainly would not exist if not for Title IX. Thus, AAUW has always vigorously supported women in claiming the rights granted by Title IX.


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