Dr. Christine Grant — who shaped, defined, defended and championed Title IX and women’s collegiate athletics for nearly 50 years as an administrator — died Friday at age 85, Iowa confirm.
A founding member of the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women, Grant served as its president. She later became president of the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators. But she was best known as a pioneer and advocate for Title IX, a federal law that demands equal opportunity for men and women who participate in educational programs or activities that receive federal funding.
Grant testified multiple times before the U.S. House of Representatives on Title IX and gender equity. She provided expert testimony on Title IX in legal disputes and trials. Grant was also an expert consultant to the Health, Education and Welfare Office for Civil Rights’ Title IX Task Force.
“The law is only about fairness,” Grant said on an NCAA video for Title IX’s 40th anniversary in 2012. “That’s all it’s about.