A Hero for Daisy

Hartwick to Screen Film on Gender Equality in Collegiate Athletics

February 23, 2012

On Wednesday, February 29, Hartwick College will present a screening of "A Hero for Daisy," a documentary film about the battle for gender equity in collegiate sports in the 1970s. The screening will be held at 7 p.m. in Anderson Theatre in the Anderson Center for the Arts on the Hartwick College campus. This event is free, and the public is invited to attend.

In 1976, two-time Olympic champion Chris Ernst, then a student at Yale, galvanized her rowing team to storm the Yale Athletic Director's office to protest the lack of the locker room facilities for the women. The women stripped, revealing the phrase "Title IX" written in blue marker on their bodies. (Title IX refers to legislation enacted in 1972 mandating gender equity for all institutions receiving federal aid.) The story was carried by all the major international news outlets the following day, and the Yale phones began ringing.

The film includes interviews with Yale graduate Senator John Kerry; legendary football coach and former Athletic Director Carm Cozza; Dale Vogel (President of the U.S. Rowing Association and Yale's Head Rowing Coach); a wide array of Yale administrators, students, and graduates; as well as a number of Olympians.

The film will be introduced by Dr. Kim Fierke, Hartwick College Director of Athletics.

This event is sponsored by the Hartwick College 2011-2012 Human Question Campus Theme. For more information, contact Dan Morse, Coordinator of Sustainability Programs for the Pine Lake Institute for Environmental and Sustainability Studies, at or 607-431-4666.

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive curriculum emphasizes a uniquely experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a unique January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor's Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable

Contact: Christopher Lott
Phone: 607-431-4030