Nancy Hogshead Makar, J.D.
Chair | Olympic medalist swimmer | CEO of Champions Women
Hogshead-Makar is a life-long advocate for access and equality in sports and in society. She is one of the nation’s foremost experts on gender equity in sports, including legal enforcement of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. She also consults on pregnancy, employment and LGBT discrimination in athletics, as well as athletics’ unique environments leading to sexual harassment and abuse. She has successfully represented athletes in precedent-setting litigation, written amicus briefs in the highest courts, integrated research into frequent Congressional testimony, pushed for new legislation, published numerous scholarly and lay articles, made hundreds of presentations and keynote speeches, overseen the creation of new policies and position statements, and appears frequently as a guest on national news programs.
Nancy Hogshead-Makar is an internationally recognized legal expert on sports issues. 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 is a graduate of Duke University and Georgetown University Law Center. She practiced law at Holland & Knight LLP, taught torts and sports law courses as a tenured professor of law for twelve years, and worked with the Women’s Sports Foundation for 30 years.
In 2014, Hogshead-Makar founded Champion Women. The organization is dedicated to providing legal advocacy for girls and women in sports, and undertakes projects designed to get change to scale for girls and women.
At the 1984 Olympics, Nancy capped eight years as a world-class athlete, winning three gold medals and one silver medal. She has been inducted into the 13 Halls of Fame, including the International Swimming Hall of Fame and the Women’s Sports Hall of Fame. She has received numerous other awards from human rights and women’s organizations, including the International Olympic Committee’s Women in Sport Award for the Americas.