Title IX ‘Godmother’ Bernice Sandler Dies at 90
Wednesday, January 09, 2019
according to the New York Times.
Sandler lead the 1972 Title IX movement which barred sex discrimination against women by educational institutions.
According to the New York Times, Sandler tied of cancer at her home in Washington D.C.
She is survived by two daughters and three grandchildren.
Sandler was born in New York City in 1928 and married Jerrold Sandler in 1952.
They had two children, Deborah Jo in 1954 and Emily Maud in 1956, but eventually divorced in 1978.
Sandler graduated from Erasmus Hall High School, she attended Brooklyn College where she graduated cum laude with a B.S. in psychology 1948.
In 1971, Sandler became the Deputy Director of the Women's Action Program within the Department of Health’s Education and Welfare section.
While there, Sandler worked on sex discrimination in education issues leading to the development and passage of Title IX.
She received numerous awards and honors for her work on women's rights and was inducted into the Maryland Women's Hall of Fame in 2010, and the National Women's Hall of Fame in 2013.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 was passed by the 92nd Congress and was signed into law by President Richard Nixon.
In addition to ending sex discrimination in education, the act also extends to athletics, sexual harassment and employment discrimination.