The Baldy Center Podcast highlights UB faculty research and perspectives on current issues and events. We focus on UB's interdisciplinary scholars of law, legal institutions, and social policy.
Title IX focus of blog and podcast - Introduction by Simon Honig and Julia Merante
In Spring 2023, The Baldy Center Blog and Podcast will again feature a variety of discussions to focusing on one topic, Title IX.
On June 23, 1972, President Nixon signed Title IX of the Education Amendments into law, stating that: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”
This civil right enabled millions of women and girls to gain the same scholastic opportunities that men had already enjoyed for decades, leading to an over 450% increase in women’s sports participation since the ratification date. Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, protects victims of sexual harassment and assault, while likewise empowering individuals to safely express their sexual orientation and gender identity.
Albeit the breadth of Title IX is broad, the public’s understanding of this law often pertains to women’s increased participation in sports. The statistics, which various guests will discuss this season, are astounding. Women have gained significant athletic attention and opportunities, from high school through college, and even in professional sports. However, scholars also address inequities that Title IX has not yet cured, including colleges that allocate more economic resources to men’s teams over women’s, and reduce the number of scholarships for women in other disciplines. Guests will discuss adverse effects such as backlash politics in the media surrounding women’s collegiate and professional athletics.
The Baldy Center multimedia aims to analyze Title IX’s advancements and insufficiencies alike. As scholars and organizations illuminate its progress, alongside its apparent pitfalls, Title IX’s historical achievement and its capacity for improvement will become clear. The Baldy Center intends to provide a better understanding of what is needed to advance Title IX to its full extent, nationwide.
Simon Honig, a third-year law student at the University at Buffalo School of Law, is the host/producer for the 2022-23 Edition of The Baldy Center Podcast. Honig is a Law Clerk at Block, Longo, LaMarca & Brzezinski, P.C., an Associate at the Buffalo Human Rights Law Review, a Student Ambassador, and the Social Media Coordinator for the Buffalo Sports and Entertainment Law Society. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and Marketing at SUNY Geneseo. Honig’s career interests lay at the crossroads between sports law and intellectual property law.
Professor, UB School of Law; Director, The Baldy Center
Amanda M. Benzin
Assistant Director, The Baldy Center
Caroline Funk (Fall 2022)
Associate Director, The Baldy Center