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Rebooting Title IX: The view of a plaintiff in Alexander v. Yale (SmartBrief)

Rebooting Title IX: The view of a plaintiff in Alexander v. Yale – SmartBrief
Pioneering plaintiff Olivarius: How we should continue to improve Title IX

Ann Olivarius reflects on her role as a pivotal participant in the landmark US case Alexander v. Yale University, and her pioneering work to extend Title IX to cases of sexual harassment at educational institutions.


As Americans celebrate the 50th anniversary of Title IX, I am reminded of why I and several other young women used it to sue Yale University in my senior year back in 1977. 

Title IX guarantees educational equality regardless of sex. Our lawsuit established that achieving this equality requires universities to reign in professors who pressure young women for sexual favors in exchange for grades and academic advancement. Since then, women have made a lot of progress in education.  But after decades as a sexual discrimination lawyer, I know that Title IX needs an update. 

I will always be grateful for your unwavering support of me. Equally, I will always be grateful for showing me how to find my voice and strength.

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Dr Celeste Kidd, Aslin et al v. University of Rochester et al

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Dr Holly Atkinson, Atkinson et al v. Mount Sinai Health System, Inc. et al

Because my case could not bear public scrutiny, a very powerful institution used massive financial resources to try to crush me for asking for my disability rights. This was a huge mistake, as they didn’t know that I would obtain McO representation. I couldn’t ask for better representation.

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I would like to say from bottom of my heart, thank you. Thank you to all the team. Now I can go and forget my former employer. God bless you all.

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