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Mark your calendars, Milwaukee – equity is getting its due celebration.

In early summer of 1972, the seminal amendment Title IX was passed, simultaneously allowing women greater access to college education and opening doors for women and girls to participate in sports. 45 years later, Milwaukee will be celebrating its passing with a luncheon on Wednesday, Oct. 25, in true brew city fashion: at the Harley Davidson Museum.

Title IX ushered in unprecedented opportunities for women in sports (Courtesy of Jewish Museum Milwaukee.)

Featuring a keynote speech by former WNBA president Donna Orender, the event is presented by the Women’s Fund of Greater Milwaukee, a granting entity that provides essential funding to local non-profits, as well as community grants to Milwaukee women and HER scholarships to non-traditional female students. All proceeds from the event will go towards these services, tickets for which are still available here. But act fast like a female point guard rushing down the court, as tickets will go quickly!

The seeds for the event were planted at one of the Women’s Fund’s community panels this summer. According to Lisa Attonito, executive director of the Women’s Fund, the June panel was about Title IX, after which the organization realized how much the bill had really affected the rights of women.

“What we’re trying to do with the event is to showcase what Title IX has done for advancing women and enabling them to succeed in Milwaukee,” Attonito says. “A lot of people don’t know much about Title IX, and we want to make the public aware that not only does it support the inclusion of women in sports, but that it promotes the upward momentum of women in higher education.”

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To honor the opportunities Title IX gave both to women in higher education and in sports, the event will honor 14 female collegiate athletes in Milwaukee for their contributions to their respective sports and to the community. The event also offers networking opportunities for young professional women and men, reflecting the community building the Women’s Fund of Greater Milwaukee stands for.

“Our mission is to convene the community around important issues and to activate philanthropy that advances equity for women,” says Attonito. “We want to make the Greater Milwaukee area an inclusive community where women and girls can realize their full potential.”

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