A presentation by a pioneer in the movement to provide equal opportunity for female athletes in collegiate sports will highlight Women's History Month events at the University of Northern Colorado during March.
Mary Alice Hill, who in 1982 became the first female director of athletics at a NCAA Division 1 university, will present "From Field to Hill Top: Shattering the Glass Ceiling for Women in Athletics" at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 13, in the Panorama room at the University Center, intersection of 10th Avenue and 20th St.
Hill's tenacity as a track and field competitor carried over to the male-dominated arena of intercollegiate athletics after the 1972 enactment of Title IX, the federal civil rights law that prohibits sex discrimination in education.
During her history-making tenure at San Diego State University, Hill rose to the rank of president of the Western Athletic Conference and was elected to the then all-male NCAA Council.
Her efforts helped establish balance in funding of collegiate athletics programs, including creating scholarships for female athletes and bringing women's college sports to television.
Her presentation is free and open to the public. Free parking is available in lots adjacent to the center.
Other events commemorating Women's History Month include:
Women's History Month Read-In
March 5, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Michener Library (main floor)
The University Libraries and English Department will host readings by students, faculty and staff of literature and speeches that celebrate women's roles in history.
My Black is Beautiful
March 11, 7-9 p.m., Michener Library (Lindou Auditorium)
Black Women of Today brings a local spin to a national conversation led by African-American women about how American society defines and promotes beauty standards.
March 12, 7-9 p.m., University Center Panorama room
This 2004 film follows political activists Alice Paul (Hillary Swank) and Lucy Burns (Frances O'Connor) as they use peaceful and effective strategies, tactics and dialogues to revolutionize the American feminist movement to grant women the right to vote. Presented by the University Program Council.
The Invisible War
March 14, 7-9 p.m., University Center Panorama room
This 2012 Oscar-nominated documentary about sexual assault in the United States military includes interviews with multiple victims and has already led to far-reaching changes in the military's response to sexual assaults and treatment of victims. Presented by the Sexual Assault Victim's Advocate Center.