Heather Mercer: Not A Heroine

I came across this story from the Independent Women's Forum about Heather Mercer, the female kicker who was cut from Duke's football team after showing poor performance in practice. She later sued and won $2M from the university. While hailed as a heroine in some circles, Kimberly Schuld points out that she in fact has made things worse for aspiring female athletes. In retrospect, the Duke coach could have refused to give her a chance outright (this exception is allowed in contact sports), and thus would have been safe from a lawsuit. But by giving women a chance in male contact sports, it is now apparent that schools are opening themselves up to legal liabilities. The result: no one will want to take that risk and women will be denied the chance to try out for male contact sport teams. Keywords: Title IX

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