April 1992

Title IX Lawsuit Initiated

In April 1992, Gymnastics co-captain Amy Cohen, Class of 1992, and twelve other Brown female student-athletes brought suit against the University for violation of the 1972 Title IX legislation that stipulated that there be no gender-based discrimination in any federally funded educational activity. Their actions were spurred by a 1991 announcement that four varsity sports, including volleyball and gymnastics, would have their funding cut. When the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear its appeal in 1997, Brown settled, restoring funding to women’s gymnastics and volleyball and elevating women’s lightweight crew, water polo and equestrian teams to varsity status.