Sherry Boschert - 37 Words

Thursday, November 3, 2022 - 7:00pm
Thursday, November 3, 7pm CT
In person at Left Bank Books
399 N. Euclid Ave
St. Louis, MO 63108
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Left Bank Books presents award-winning journalist,
Sherry Boschert,
to discuss the stellar and moving tribute to Title IX's fifty years of gender equity progress in schools,
37 Words: Title IX and Fifty Years of Fighting Sex Discrimination
in our store on November 3rd at 7pm!
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Sherry Boschert is an award-winning journalist and the author of Plug-in Hybrids: The Cars That Will Recharge America. Among her many honors, she received a Distinguished Service Award from the Society of Professional Journalists for her efforts to promote equity within the news industry. She lives in New Hampshire.
A sweeping history of the federal legislation that prohibits sex discrimination in education, published on the fiftieth anniversary of Title IX

"No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance."
--Title IX's first thirty-seven words

By prohibiting sex discrimination in federally funded education, the 1972 legislation popularly known as Title IX profoundly changed the lives of women and girls in the United States, accelerating a movement for equal education in classrooms, on sports fields, and in all of campus life.

37 Words is the story of Title IX. Filled with rich characters--from Bernice Resnick Sandler, an early organizer for the law, to her trans grandchild--the story of Title IX is a legislative and legal drama with conflicts over regulations and challenges to the law. It's also a human story about women denied opportunities, students struggling for an education free from sexual harassment, and activists defying sexist discrimination. These intersecting narratives of women seeking an education, playing sports, and wanting protection from sexual harassment and assault map gains and setbacks for feminism in the last fifty years and show how some women benefit more than others. Award-winning journalist Sherry Boschert beautifully explores the gripping history of Title IX through the gutsy people behind it.

In the tradition of the acclaimed documentary She's Beautiful When She's Angry37 Words offers a crucial playbook for anyone who wants to understand how we got here and who is horrified by current attacks on women's rights.


"I'm mightily impressed by the breadth and volume of Boschert's research and her ability to craft it into a compelling read. 37 Words is a history but it's also a road map for what it will take to go forward. It's a really important book." -- Lucy Jane Bledsoe, author of No Stopping Us Now

"37 Words is a stellar and moving tribute to Title IX's fifty years of gender equity progress in schools. The book centers the champions behind this landmark law--the authors and advocates, survivors and athletes, and every student breaking gender stereotypes to reach their dreams. Well-researched and brimming with hope, the book is an inspiration in our continued fight for gender justice for all." -- Noreen Farrell, executive director, Equal Rights Advocates

"[37 Words] condenses 50 years of history into fewer than 300 pages, an impressive feat. . . . Spun together, the details chart the trajectory of the law from its early days, when it was most closely associated with the expansion of athletic opportunity, to how it became an imperfect tool for holding schools accountable for not taking rape seriously and failing to protect gay and transgender students." --Washington Monthly

"Throughout, Boschert emphasizes that protection under the law is not automatic but relies on pressure from government officials and outside activists; stresses the importance of Title IX in addressing inequities that are grounded in both race and gender; and highlights the persistence and optimism of the educators, lawyers, students, and athletes she profiles. Readers will take heart in this story of hard won progress in the fight for equality." --Publishers Weekly

"The struggle to win, implement, and preserve Title IX, the bedrock 1972 law banning sex discrimination in education, comes alive in these pages. Boschert's vivid biographical portraits of key leaders of these efforts, from the 1960s to the present, make this a page-turner that illuminates the historical roots and antecedents of the #MeToo movement." -- Ruth Milkman, professor of sociology and history, CUNY Graduate Center, and author of On Gender, Labor, and Inequality

Event address: 
399 N. Euclid Ave.
Saint Louis, MO 63108
37 Words: Title IX and Fifty Years of Fighting Sex Discrimination By Sherry Boschert Cover Image
ISBN: 9781620975831
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Published: New Press - April 12th, 2022


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