A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD FOR WOMEN

PROPONENTS OF TITLE IX SCORE A MAJOR VICTORY DESPITE A FULL-COURT PRESS BY BROWN UNIVERSITY

Lisa Stern received some bad news over the phone on April 30, 1991. Then a high school senior in Phoenix, Arizona, Stern had committed to Brown University not only because it is part of the Ivy League but also because of its reputation in women's gymnastics. The call from Providence, Rhode Island, though, was to inform her that Brown's athletic department was eliminating four sports, among them women's gymnastics, in a budget cutback. "I was devastated," recalls Stern. "I wanted the best academics and the best athletics. Brown's team had won the Ivys the year before. I had already turned down...

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