Nancy Hogshead-Makar (L'97)

Champion Women


Nancy Hogshead-Makar is a life-long advocate for access and equality in athletics. A scholar, an author, public speaker and activist, she has a commitment to empowerment, using sport as a vehicle for social change. Hogshead-Makar leads Champion Women, a non-profit leading targeted efforts to advocate for equality and accountability in sport. Focus areas include equal play, such as traditional Title IX compliance in athletic departments, sexual harassment, abuse and assault, as well as employment, pregnancy and LGBT discrimination. 

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. 

In 2015, she was appointed to the NCAA Task Force on Gender Equity. She currently serves on the advisory boards of the Association of Title IX Administrators, the Aspen Institute’s Sport and Society and One Love Foundation. She was on the executive board of the World Olympians Association from 2014-2015. Champion Women is a member of the LGBT Sports Coalition. From 2003 - 2012 she was the Co-Chair of American Bar Association Committee on the Rights of Women. She was elected to the editorial board of the JOURNAL OF INTERCOLLEGIATE SPORT. Sports Illustrated Magazine listed her as one of the most influential people in the history of Title IX.

Hogshead-Makar practiced law at the law firm of Holland & Knight, in both their litigation and public law departments. She was a tenured Professor of Law at the Florida Coastal School of Law. Hogshead-Makar enjoyed a 30 year history with the Women’s Sports Foundation. She earned her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and is an honors graduate of Duke University. 

Hogshead-Makar capped eight years as a world class swimmer at the 1984 Olympics, where she won three gold medals and one silver medal. Through high school and college dual meets she was undefeated. Other major awards include the Nathan Mallison Award, given to Florida’s outstanding athlete, and the prestigious Kiphuth Award, given to the best all-around swimmer nationally.