History of Title IX
Politics of Sport
Politics of Sex and Gender
Public Policy and Disability
Title IX and Sports
Libby Sharrow has brought questions of how public policy has shaped understandings of gender, race, sexuality, disability and class to national media, including the Washington Post, the Boston Globe and New York Times.
With particular interest in the history of Title IX, Sharrow's book "Equality Unfulfilled: How Title IX's Policy Design Undermines Change to College Sports" examines how, 50 years after its passage, sex-based inequalities in college athletics remain the reality.
University of Minnesota: Ph.D., Political Science
with a minor program in Feminist and Critical Sexuality Studies
University of Minnesota: M.A., Political Science
University of Minnesota: M.P.P., Gender, Law and Sport Policy
University of Minnesota: B.A., Political Science
Select Media Coverage (8)
How Title IX's Policy Design Undermines Change to College Sports
New Books Network online
In a podcast, Libby Sharrow is interviewed about her latest book, “Equality Unfulfilled: How Title IX's Policy Design Undermines Change to College Sports.” “There weren’t and there still aren’t too many folks in political science thinking seriously about the politics of sport … It became very clear to me that the discipline thought that it had the story down about the meaning of Title IX and its role in the relative success of second-wave feminist policy initiatives and yet there was very little interrogation of that narrative,” Sharrow says.
Biden Plan Allows Limits on Trans Athletes’ Participation in School Sports
The New York Times online
Those laws would not be immediately undone by the Biden administration rule, said Dr. Elizabeth Sharrow, who anticipated a new host of legal battles over the interpretation of the rule, as well as new legislation that might seek to “skirt through whatever space the regulation carves out for exclusion.”
Fifty Years On, Title IX’s Legacy Includes Its Durability
The New York Times print
Elizabeth Sharrow says the Equal Rights Amendment, Roe v. Wade and Title IX are all linked by their attempts to target gendered inequality in American society, but they differ in how they used law and policy to enact change.
Title IX Built Women’s Sports. Now, It’s Time for it to Change.
Mother Jones online
Elizabeth Sharrow says “There were debates and tension around the question of segregating women’s athletics from the start of Title IX, yet because policymakers settled on separate, sex-segregated sports, we have actually forgotten that history and have imagined that the solution of segregation has managed to solve all of those problems of exclusion."
Title IX at 50: An Incomplete Revolution In Women’s Sports
Diane Rehm Show radio
Elizabeth Sharrow appeared on the Diane Rehm podcast to discuss the 50th anniversary of the passing of Title IX that prohibits gender-based exclusion in education.
Attacks on Transgender Athletes Are Threatening Women’s Sports
Commenting about new laws requiring physical examinations to confirm gender in girls competing in athletics, Elizabeth Sharrow says, “We should be extremely skeptical and concerned about the notion that any athletes have to testify with their bodies in those ways in order for sports to be kept as a competitively ‘fair’ space.”
The Next Cultural Battle: States Take Aim at Trans Athletes
Sports Illustrated online
Elizabeth Sharrow is quoted in an article that looks at efforts by state governments across the country to ban transgender girls and women from participating in scholastic and collegiate sports with cisgender athletes.
A.O.C. and the Daughter Defense
The New York Times print
In a study called “The First-Daughter Effect,” Elizabeth Sharrow and colleagues determined that fathering daughters — and firstborn daughters, in particular — indeed played a role in making men’s attitudes toward gender equality more progressive, particularly when it came to policies like equal pay or sexual harassment protocols.
Select Publications (6)
Equality Unfulfilled: How Title IX's Policy Design Undermines Change to College SportsBook: Cambridge University Press
James N. Druckman and Elizabeth A. Sharrow
The year 1972 is often hailed as an inflection point in the evolution of women's rights. Congress passed Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, a law that outlawed sex-based discrimination in education. Many Americans celebrate Title IX for having ushered in an era of expanded opportunity for women's athletics; yet fifty years after its passage, sex-based inequalities in college athletics remain the reality.
Title IX’s interpretation has reshaped athletics in good and bad waysThe Washington Post
Elizabeth A. Sharrow
Elizabeth Sharrow writes about how Title IX has reshaped athletics in positive and negative ways in the 50 years since it was enacted. “Since 1972, women’s intercollegiate athletic participation has expanded roughly 12-fold, with the formation of thousands of teams for girls and women,” she says.
Texas isn’t the only state denying essential medical care to trans youths. Here’s what’s going on.The Washington Post
Elizabeth Sharrow and Isaac Sederbaum
Elizabeth Sharrow writes about how conservatives are increasingly imposing government control over sexuality and gender, citing the fact that more than a dozen state legislatures are considering legislation that would ban access to medical treatments for trans youths.
States are still trying to ban trans youths from sports. Here’s what you need to know.The Washington Post
Elizabeth Sharrow, Jaime Schultz, Lindsay Parks Pieper, Anna Baeth and Anne Lieberman
Elizabeth Sharrow examines efforts by state governments across the country to ban transgender youths from participating in scholastic sports with cisgender athletes.
How high school sports became the latest battleground over transgender rightsThe Conversation
Elizabeth A. Sharrow
Elizabeth Sharrow writes about the challenges facing high school transgender athletes and how high school sports have become the latest battleground over transgender rights.
Virginia Democrats’ political problems show us why intersectionality is so importantThe Washington Post
Nadia E. Brown, Melissa R. Michelson, Libby Sharrow and Dara Strolovitch
"Characterizations of the problems facing Virginia Democrats as forcing them to choose between supporting women and supporting African Americans promote a misleading narrative about the politics of race and gender. This narrative misunderstands feminist and anti-racist politics and denies the humanity of black women...."