"Chilly Climate for Women" Is Subject of Presentation

October 17, 2013

Dr. Bernice R. Sandler, Senior Scholar at the Women’s Research and Education Institute in Washington, DC, considered the "godmother of Title IX," will speak at Bradley University on Wednesday, October 23, at 7 p.m. in the Peplow Pavilion in the Hayden-Clark Alumni Center.

Dr. Sandler's talk, part of the Women, Gender and the Law Series hosted by Bradley's Women's Studies Committee, is titled, "Chilly Climate for Women:  How They are Often Treated Differently in Ways that No One Notices." Admission is free.

In the 1970’s, she filed the first charges of sex discrimination against more than 250 institutions at a time when there were no laws prohibiting sex discrimination in education. She played a major role in the development and passage of Title IX and other laws prohibiting sex discrimination in education, and has been associated with Title IX longer than any other person. The New York Times has referred to her as the “godmother of Title IX.”

In her work with the Women’s Research and Education Institute, Dr. Sandler consults with institutions and others about achieving equity for women. She formerly wrote a quarterly newsletter, About Women on Campus. She has given more than 2500 presentations, has written more than 100 articles and is well known for her expertise in women’s educational equity in general as well as in sexual harassment, the chilly classroom climate, and her knowledge of policies, programs and strategies concerning women on campus. She also serves as an expert witness in discrimination and sexual harassment cases.

Dr. Sandler previously directed the Project on the Status and Education of Women at the Association of American Colleges where she published more than one hundred reports. She was the first person appointed to a Congressional committee staff to work specifically on women’s issues and the first person to testify before a Congressional committee about discrimination against women in education. 

Sandler holds a degree in counseling from the University of Maryland. She was appointed by presidents Ford and Carter to serve as the first Chair of the now-defunct National Advisory Council on Women’s Educational Programs. She has taught counseling, and has worked as a psychologist, a research assistant, a nursery school teacher, a guitar instructor, and like many women, a secretary.

She has been awarded ten honorary doctorates and numerous other awards. She has been quoted in major media such as the New York Times, Time, Newsweek and Sports Illustrated, and has appeared on many talk shows including The Today Show, Larry King Live, and Good Morning America. She was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame earlier this month.