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Bernice Sandler, ‘godmother of Title IX’ who championed women’s rights on campus, dies at 90

By By Emily Langer, Washington Post; Photo by Susan Clark Porter/Finger Lakes Times/AP, 01/09/19, 9:30AM EST

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In 1969, her newly earned doctorate in hand, Bernice Sandler was hoping to land one of seven open teaching positions in her department at the University of Maryland. When she learned she had been considered for none of them, she asked a male colleague about the oversight. “Let’s face it,” was his reply. “You come on too strong for a woman.”

When she applied for another academic position, the hiring researcher remarked that he didn’t hire women because they too often stayed home with sick children. Later, an employment agency reviewed her résumé and dismissed her as “just a housewife who went back to school.”

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