Nancy Hogshead Maker, CEO, Champion Women
Nancy Hogshead-Makar is a life-long advocate for access and equality in athletics and is an internationally recognized legal expert on sports issues. A scholar and an author, she has a commitment to equality, using sport as a vehicle for social change. Hogshead-Makar launched Champion Women in 2014, leading targeted efforts; including sport access and equality, sexual harassment, sexual abuse and assault, employment and pregnancy discrimination, and legal enforcement under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the Sports Act.
Her book, co-authored with Andrew Zimbalist, EQUAL PLAY, TITLE IX AND SOCIAL CHANGE, has received acclaim since its release by Temple University Press. She was the lead author of PREGNANT AND PARENTING STUDENT-ATHLETES; RESOURCES AND MODEL POLICIES, published by the NCAA, and her book chapter, The Ethics of Title IX and Gender Equity for Coaches, appears in THE ETHICS OF COACHING SPORTS; MORAL, SOCIAL AND LEGAL ISSUES, edited by Robert L. Simon.
Hogshead-Makar has testified in Congress numerous times on the topic of gender equity in athletics, written numerous scholarly and lay articles, and has been a frequent guest on national news programs on the topic. She serves as an expert witness in Title IX cases and has written amicus briefs representing athletic organizations in precedent-setting litigation. She was the Co-Chair of American Bar Association Committee on the Rights of Women from 2003 – 2012, and was elected to the editorial board of the JOURNAL OF INTERCOLLEGIATE SPORT.
Hogshead-Makar capped eight years as a world class swimmer at the 1984 Olympics, where she won three Gold medals and one Silver medal. Nancy has been inducted into eleven halls of fame, including the International Swimming Hall of Fame and the International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame.
She and her husband Scott Makar, a judge on Florida’s First District Court of Appeal, have a son and twin daughters.