Dr. Jill Hutchison, M.S. ’69 and Dr. Linda Herman, M.S. ’72, Ed.D. ’83 join Redbird Buzz during the 50th anniversary of Title IX—legislation passed in 1972 that prohibits sex-based discrimination in federally funded education programs and activities, including college athletics.

Hutchison spent 28 seasons as Illinois State University’s head women’s basketball coach, was a four-time national president of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, and is credited with influencing nationwide growth of the women’s game. Herman spent two decades as ISU’s senior associate director of athletics and senior women’s administrator following seven seasons as ISU’s head volleyball coach.

Hutchison and Herman both played essential roles—at Illinois State and on the national level—advocating for gender equity in college sports and advancing women’s athletics in the wake of Title IX. During this episode of Redbird Buzz, Hutchison and Herman reflect upon the growth of women’s athletics over the past 50 years while discussing areas for advancement over the next 50 years.

Illinois State Athletics will host a celebration of Title IX June 24-26, 2022.

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