Celebrating Title IX with a Legendary Leader
While the sports world celebrated the 50th anniversary of Title IX on Thursday, Executive Producer Brenda VanLengen spent the morning with Dr. Charlotte West. The same West, who was being honored on the stadium scoreboard for her 40-plus years of service to Southern Illinois.
West, a 2014 Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, was a staunch advocate for women’s sports and a pioneer of Title IX. She spent much of her career with SIU coaching golf and women’s basketball. West also served as the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women overseeing 11 teams and a budget of more than $1 million by 1986.
In our interview, West said she felt fortunate to have played high school basketball in the 1940s. She also attributed that experience to inspiring her drive and fight for opportunity and eventual position at the table when Title IX was discussed. She worked with the AIAW at that point.
You can view pictures from this visit and our entire Iowa and Illinois trip on the Gallery page.
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