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Benefiting the National Women’s Law Center’s efforts to expand opportunities and eliminate barriers to athletics for girls across America


One year after the passage of Title IX, when their daughter Jan was in high school, Joan and Jim Bernstein tirelessly advocated to ensure that Tenafly High School, in Tenafly, New Jersey, provided girls the sports opportunities required by Title IX. Their efforts created the first three athletic teams for girls in Tenafly, and Jan was finally able to play tennis on a girls’ high school team. Today, Tenafly High School boasts ten girls’ teams and multiple championships over the years. By supporting the Joan and James H. Bernstein Fund, you will honor the legacy of grassroots civil rights champions like the Bernsteins and ensure that the promise of Title IX is fully realized for girls nationwide.

Founded in the same year that Title IX became law, the Center has been at the forefront of efforts for over 40 years to ensure that girls have access to the athletics opportunities that are so essential to their lifelong health and well-being. Learn more.

With your support of the Joan and James H. Bernstein Fund, the Center will carry on its legacy of protecting and expanding girls’ athletics opportunities, with a focus on the girls who are most at risk of missing out on the lifelong benefits of playing sports—better health, improved academic and employment outcomes, higher self-esteem, and leadership skills.

For more information please contact NWLC’s Development office at give@nwlc.org or by calling (202) 588-5180.

Please click here to give online.


Honorary Committee:

Amy Baltzell
Member 1989-91 U.S. National Rowing Teams; 1992 Olympic Rowing Team; 1995 America’s Cup All Women’s Sailing Team; Coordinator of Sports Psychology, Boston University

Lucienne Beard
Executive Director, Alice Paul Institute

Blanche Wiesen Cook
Dist. Professor of History John Jay College, Author Eleanor Roosevelt: Volume One and Volume Two

Clare M. Coss
Playwright and Psychotherapist

Tina Sloan Green
President and Co-Founder, Black Women in Sport Foundation; Professor Emerita, Temple University

Helen Gym
Councilwoman At-Large, Philadelphia, PA

Nancy Hogshead-Makar
Swimmer; 3-time Olympic Gold Medalist, 1984 Olympics

Deborah Slaner Larkin
CEO, Women’s Sports Foundation

Molly Murphy MacGregor
Executive Director and Co-Founder, National Women’s History Project

Chief Mutáwi Mutáhash (Many Hearts) Marilynn “Lynn” Malerba
18th Chief of the Mohegan Tribe, and the first female Chief in the tribe’s modern history

Joseph M. Sellers
Civil Rights Attorney
Cohen Milstein

Meredith Stiehm
Emmy-Nominated Television Producer and Writer, “Cold Case,” “The Bridge,” and “Homeland”

Steven J. Toll
Managing Partner, Cohen Milstein

Lynn H. Yeakel
Founder and President of Vision 2020

Teresa D. Younger
President and CEO, Ms. Foundation for Women