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Former WNBA Commissioner Donna Orender Speaks on Title IX’s Value, 45 Years Later

Title IX is a federal law passed in 1972 that seeks to provide equal opportunities for women and girls in any academic setting that receives federal funding. The law turns 45 this year, and it’s most visible and associated work has been in intercollegiate sports, where colleges and universities were required to bring women’s sports and sports scholarships into line with those offered to men.

Women’s Fund of Greater Milwaukee executive director Lisa Attonito says that Title IX’s mission, and its impact, go much further. “There’s always some talk around, ‘Why is this girl focused or women focused?’ Well, Title IX doesn’t only apply to the female person. It’s really to create equity for all people in relation to educational funding and entities,” she explains.

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Women’s Fund of Greater Milwaukee celebrates 45th anniversary of Title IX: Slideshow

Donna Orender, CEO of Orender Unlimited and former president of the Women’s National Basketball Association, was the keynote speaker at the Women’s Fund of Greater Milwaukee event Wednesday to celebrating the 45th anniversary of Title IX and its significant contributions to advancing equity for women. Check out the attached slideshow to see photos from the event.

The event drew several hundred Milwaukee-area business executives to the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee’s Menomonee Valley. The event also featured several area Title IX athletes who used their experiences in sports to propel them in career and community.

The honorees included Melissa Moore Baldauff of Milwaukee County, Nicki Barnes of Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc., Kareeda Chones-Aguam of the Milwaukee Bucks, Jacyln Gruber of the Johnson Financial Group, Janine Emmer of Associated Bank and Kathryn Muldoon of Quarles & Brady LLP.

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These Female Athletes Are Smashing the Patriarchy

If you missed the #WinningWomen panel at #BlogHer17, you really missed something special (but don’t worry, I’m here to catch you up). Five incredibly talented, successful and fierce athletes discussed the hurdles and barriers women face in the male dominated world of sports.

Donna Orender – former president of the WNBA and herself a former pro basketball player – moderated the conversation with 17-year-old Olympic Gold gymnast Laurie Hernandez; world-renowned pro volleyball player (not to mention TV personality, author, model, wife and mother) Gabrielle Reece; founder and commissioner of the National Women’s Hockey League, Dani Rylan; and Jessi Miley-Dyer, a pro surfer-turned-women’s commissioner for the World Surf League.

Their attitudes were powerful, their energies contagious and they left us all with a call to action to find our team, do better, be better, and support one another through it all. Because as Serena Williams said, when one woman wins, we all win.

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