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Gender equity is topic of film, discussion set April 27 at MSU

April 5, 2011

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A film and a panel discussion about gender equity at Montana State University since landmark legislation and lawsuits in the 1970s will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, at MSU's Procrastinator Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

"35 Years of Gender Equity: MSU's Commitment to Diversity and Opportunity" will include a screening of the "License to Thrive: Title IX at 35," followed by a panel discussion that will focus on the origins of gender equity at MSU.

Panelists will include Ginny Hunt, former MSU women's athletics director; retired faculty member Ellen Kreighbaum, one of the plaintiffs in the MSU sex discrimination suit; Teresa Snyder Borrenpohl, Student Regent on the MUS Board of Regents and MSU alumna; and Veronica Maday, current graduate student.

Kreighbaum was one of several MSU female faculty members that sued for equal pay in 1972. In 1976 a federal judge found that the university was not in compliance with civil rights legislation and awarded three year's back pay to most, if not all, women faculty members. The panel members will discuss the opportunities and enrichment within the campus and community since the lawsuit that brought gender equity in the workplace and resulted in the creation of the Affirmative Action Office.

"License to Thrive," by filmmaker Theresa Moore, also celebrates historic gender equity legislation in the 1970s. The film focuses on Title IX of the Education Amendments passed by Congress in 1972 and its role in creating female leaders in ensuing years. Organizers say that although Title IX is most closely associated with sports, it also provides for educational access and opportunity for women and young girls throughout the U.S. and opened doors and created opportunities for women in all arenas, including education, science, math, finance, entertainment, the arts, business, law, and politics.

The event is sponsored by The MSU Women's Center, Women's Task Force, MSU Libraries and the Diversity Awareness Office.

For more information please contact the Diversity Awareness Office at 994-5801.

Phenocia Bauerle (406) 994-5801, diversityawareness@montana.edu