Air Date: 05/19/2022
A Nebraska Stories special episode commemorating the 50th anniversary of Title IX with stories intertwined with the passage of the landmark legislation that helped to level the playing field for women in the classroom and on the field. The Unstoppable Dr. Jo A portrait of Title IX advocate Dr. JoAnne Owens-Nauslar, Ed. D., an athlete, teacher, coach and fitness expert who shares her perspective of competing on and off the field before, during and in the 50 years since the legislation became a law. Patsy Mink, Title IX Pioneer US Representative Patsy Mink of Hawaii, a former University of Nebraska student, was the principal author of Title IX. The landmark legislation guaranteed equity for women and girls on the field, in the classroom and in federally-funded workplaces. Kay Cover, A League of Her Own Kay Cover was naturally athletic, but opportunities for talented young women prior to Title IX were limited at best. When her five daughters were old enough to play ball, she started a fast-pitch softball league in Red Cloud in the early 1970s. Untrained, but naturally gifted as a coach, Kay Cover not only had an undefeated team, she inspired her players with a vision for their futures. Married to the Game University of Nebraska-Kearney head coach Carrie Eighmey, along with her coaching assistant/husband Devin Eighmey, lead the UNK women’s basketball team. The story explores how the pair navigates ongoing struggles tied to gender expectations along with the successes that have come, in part, because of Title IX.