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Nancy Hogshead-Makar

New York, N.Y., April 19, 2010 – The Women’s Sports Foundation (WSF) today named Professor Nancy Hogshead-Makar its Senior Director of Advocacy. The WSF was founded by Billie Jean King in 1974 as a driving force to attract girls and women to sport while promoting better health and education. Hogshead-Makar has a 25-year history with the WSF. She began as an intern after the 1984 Olympics, where as a swimmer she won three gold and one silver medal. She became a member of the Board of Directors in 1985, becoming Vice-President from 1990-92, and served as the organization’s third President from 1992-94. She has served as the organization’s Legal Advisor since 2003. Hogshead-Makar’s expertise spans an array of gender equity issues, including sports participation, sexual harassment, employment, pregnancy and legal enforcement. Her book, co-authored with Andrew Zimbalist, EQUAL PLAY, TITLE IX AND SOCIAL CHANGE, has received critical acclaim since its release in November 2007 by Temple University Press. She was the lead author of the NCAA’s Pregnant and Parenting Student-Athletes; Resources and Model Policies, released November 2008. “Nancy brings profound experience to this role. Her history of working all sides of the issue, from athletes and coaches to educational institutions to legal groups, is without peer”, said Kathryn Olson, CEO of the Women’s Sports Foundation. “Advocacy is a cornerstone of this foundation and under Nancy’s leadership we look forward to continuing to drive the issues that advance the lives of girls and women.”