Ex Libris: A Conversation with Sherry Boschert, Author of 37 Words
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Sherry Boschert, journalist and author, and Jayma Meyer, visiting clinical professor in the Indiana University Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs and counsel at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, discussed the topics of Boschert’s book, 37 Words: Title IX and Fifty Years of Fighting Sex Discrimination.
During this conversation, they explored the origins of Title IX, specific cases of interest, the law’s impact on sports, and the evolution of the law’s effects on how institutions respond to sexual assault allegations.
About the Book:
Half a century of legal battles and social backlash revolve around a law that girls and women wield to demand fairness in education — a law called Title IX. 37 Words is the first book to tell the complete history of Title IX through the gutsy people behind it, from women denied jobs at the law’s beginnings to students struggling against sexual assault today. Their intersecting narratives offer a timeless playbook for anyone who is horrified by current attacks on women’s rights and is wondering what to do about them.
Publisher: The New Press, April 12, 2022.
Literary Agent: Gail Ross and Dara Kaye at the Ross Yoon Agency.
What people are saying about the book: You can read the latest blurbs and reviews here.
The 37 words: Here are Title IX’s initial 37 words, after which the book and this blog are named:
“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance…” – Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
About the Author:
Sherry Boschert is an award-winning journalist and the author of 37 Words: Title IX and Fifty Years of Fighting Sex Discrimination (The New Press, 2022). Her previous book, Plug-in Hybrids: The Cars That Will Recharge America, helped set the stage for today’s electric vehicles. Among her many honors, she received a Distinguished Service Award from the Society of Professional Journalists for her efforts to promote equity within the news industry. She now lives in New Hampshire after several decades in the San Francisco Bay Area. See more on her blog, also called 37 Words, at sherryboschert.com.
Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn: @sherryboschert
About the Moderator:
Jayma M. Meyer, Counsel at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York City, is an experienced antitrust lawyer with a current focus on representing pro bono clients in Title IX matters, and Visiting Clinical Professor, Indiana University O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, teaching sports law and public policy. Jayma advocates the power of sports to bring about social change, with a special emphasis on achieving gender equity in sports through education, activism, and litigation.
Jayma’s recent law review articles include: “Title IX’s Substantial Proportionality Test: Old Challenges and New Debates” (forthcoming Marquette Sports Law Journal, Spring 2023); “A Win Win: College Athletes get Paid for their Names, Images and Likenesses and Colleges Maintain the Primacy of Academics,” 11 Harvard Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law 247 (2020), “It’s on the NCAA: A Playbook for Eliminating Sexual Assault,”67 Syracuse Law Review 358 (2017); and “The Case for a Limited and Conditional Antitrust Exemption for the NCAA,”62 Antitrust Bulletin 31 (2017). She is a regular lecturer and panelist at universities, conferences and symposiums on sports law issues.
Jayma has negotiated Title IX settlement agreements that contain multi-year monitoring provisions with high schools throughout the US and is currently litigating a class action Title IX case against the Hawaii Department of Education. Jayma has co-counseled on Title IX matters with the San Francisco Legal Aid at Work, California Women’s Law Center, Hawaii ACLU and National Women’s Law Center.
Jayma is a Member, Board of Directors, Sports Lawyers Association; Emerita Member, Board of Trustees, Women’s Sports Foundation; Emerita Board Member, National Women’s Law Center; Chair, Dean’s Council, O’Neill SPEA, Indiana U.; Member, Advisory Council, the Concussion Legacy Foundation; and Member, Sports Industry Advisory Council, Kelley School of Business, Indiana U. Jayma has been named multiple times a New York Super Lawyer in the categories of Antitrust and Top Women Lawyers. She received the Distinguished Alumni Service Award, Indiana U. (2022); Indiana U. Bicentennial Medal (2020) and Distinguished O’Neill SPEA Alumni Award, Indiana U. (2014). Jayma also has served on multiple local, state and national bar associations. Jayma graduated from Indiana U. and Georgetown U. Law Center and is licensed to practice law in NY and CA.
Jayma was a top 10 butterfly swimmer in the world in the early 1970s.