Monday, January 02, 2006

Letter to Tom Murphy from the Women's Sports Foundation

April 13, 1999
Mayor Tom Murphy
414 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Dear Mayor Murphy,

In considering you vote on the sale of land to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, please look carefully into whether the stadium facility will be used by members of both genders, and whether it might exacerbate a potential current Title IX compliance problem with regard to facility usage and benefits. Examing financial and participation data provided by the University of Pittsburgh in response to our request for records mandated by the Equity in Athletics Disclosrue Act, the Foundation has serious concerns about the current status of the University with regard to Title IX.

The rules and regulations concerning Title IX are often difficult to interpret, and it is not the role of the Foundation to do that. We simply have an interest in helping individuals and institutions access good information which will assist them in providing equitable opportunities and athletic progam benefits to female athletes.

The Woman's Sports Foundation promotes equal opportunity for our daughters toplay sports so they too can derive the psychological, physiological and sociological benefits of sports participation. Sport has been one of the most important socio-cultural learning experiences for boy and men for many years. Those same benefits should be afforded to our daughters. We appreciate your attention to this matter and your concern for the equitable treatments of female athletes.


Donna A. Lopiano, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Women's Sports Foundation
New York Address, emails, fax numbers, etc.
(letterhead of the organization had many board members)

Letter was CCed to every member on City Council.

Yes, I helped to secure / generate this letter and concern from Donna.

The standard mode of operations in Title IX struggles includes the building of a facility for the men, then a protest from the women comes, after facilities are built. That standard op does nothing for the taxpayers. Futhermore, women who speak out generally put their careers on the line with their objections.

My children are boys. But I coach swimming, a co-ed sport.


Anonymous said...

The Pitt Board of Trustees, not UPMC as it was still a secret board, voted on the development and it passed 39-19.

Two donors were said to have plaedged $40,000 per year for 10 years to stall the plan.

A number of serious friends of Pitt football feared that they were taking away Pitt. The Pitt script was taken away.

At this time, there were 73 athletic associations in the city of Pittsburgh. At the end of Mayor Murphy's tenure as mayor, 2006, I'm not sure you could reach 10 on the phone if pressed in a week's time.

Mark Rauterkus said...

On May 4, 1999, the revised planning commission agenda had more action on the UPMC sale of land.

A revised preliminary land development plan and revised final land development plans for subdistricts II and III, SP-5, South Side Works was put forth. (not the preliminary and final plans were done together. This was a done deal, as we had expected.)

The Urban Redevelopment Authority has requested that the Planning Commission review amendments to the Preliminary Land Development and Final Land Development plan, . ... Revisions include guidelines, controls and road system for a new 460,000 sq. ft Sports Performanc Complex with football fields, indoor field, training facility and sports medicine facility; 16th ward.