Women Sports Giant Celebrates Title IX Anniversary at Upcoming Women’s Conference

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At the WCA Honoring Women's Rights conference, you can hear Jane Schonberger speak about how she promotes and empowers female athletes. She is slotted for the morning of September 8th at the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas, CA. The conference celebrates Women’s Caucus for Art 40th anniversary, which coincides with the 40th anniversary of Title IX, the federal civil rights law that prohibits sex discrimination in academics or athletics education. Schonberger amped up women’s sports interest by launching the sports section on BlogHer.com – capturing 37 million readers, co-founding WomenTalkSports.com – the largest aggregator of sports blogs and journalism by and about women, and creating Pretty Tough.com – a lifestyle brand for teen girls Schonberger inspires girls and women by promoting woman's sports and enhancing the image of female athletes.

September 8 Honoring Women’s Rights conference invited speaker Jane Schonberger

September 8 Honoring Women’s Rights conference invited speaker Jane Schonberger

In my talk, I'll profile some of the icons in women’s sports, from Babe Didrikson to Billie Jean King, along with the latest Olympic champions.

On September 8, invited speaker, Jane Schonberger, is speaking at National Steinbeck Center during the Honoring Women’s Rights conference. Schonberger gives her talk, “Moving Female Athletes Off the Sidelines" after the morning keynote speaker. Her life is decidedly devoted to this cause mostly due to a personal interest in girls and women’s sports; Schonberger co-founded the first blog network devoted to female athletes as well as developed a series of popular young adult novels about girls who play sports, published by Penguin.

Her vested interest in eradicating gender stereotypes comes in part from raising two daughters. She explains how she saw first-hand how “girls have to make hard personal choices to express their identity. For example, little boys easily conceive of themselves as pro athletes with little more than a ball and delusions of talent. Little girls, even those that excel, are rarely encouraged to entertain such fantasies.”

While Title IX just celebrated its 40th anniversary, and much progress has been made, there is still a long way to go. The law – a mere 37 words in total – provides equal access for men and women in federally-funded education programs and activities, including sports. Schonberger said her talk “will look at the basics of the legislation and what can be done to address the disparity and discrimination that still exists. We’ll also profile some of the icons in women’s sports, from Babe Didrikson to Billie Jean King, along with the latest Olympic champions who will have just returned from the first Summer Games where women from every country participated (including Saudi Arabia, Brunei and Qatar) and women competed in every event contested by men.”

Schonberger is the co-founder and editor or editor-in-chief of two on-line global companies, BlogHer.com and WomenTalkSports.com, and she created PrettyTough.com, a national lifestyle brand resource for female athletes. Her on-line reach is just under 40 million women.

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Tickets on sale until August 22, through http://www.honoringwomensrights.org/conference-program.
http://www.nationalwca.org; Women’s Caucus for Art creates community through art, education, and social activism.
http://www.steinbeck.org; National Steinbeck Center inspires people to make a positive difference in our world, 1 Main Street, Salinas, Monterey County, CA

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