Fifty-one years ago this week, a two-day hearing in Congress took place that could be considered the high water mark of opposition to the prospect for American women becoming astronauts. The hearing took place amidst an increasingly loud publicity campaign by some American female pilots who wanted the opportunity to apply to be astronauts, a publicity campaign that drew negative responses from government officials, both publicly and privately. It took over a decade and a half following the hearing, but eventually American women were allowed to become astronauts.
Convening a group of plaintiffs and legal scholars to tackle the lack of recourse for the victims, they sued Yale over its lack of a mechanism for sexual harassment complaints using a recently passed piece of legislation, Title IX of the Education Amendments 1972, which established the prohibition of sex discrimination in institutions of higher education. Now the sexually harassed cat was out of the schoolbag, as sexual harassment laws also applied to students. As a result, a harassment grievance board was established at Yale in 1978, with other colleges quickly following suit with their own reporting procedures. Whether hallowed halls or harrowing halls, the perpetrators of sexual harassment at academic institutions could no longer hide behind their flowing gowns.
Philip Kovnat, the EEOC lawyer who represented Davidson in her lawsuit against Amtrak, remarked that it was not uncommon for HR people to file their own EEOC complaints. In fact, Davidson had been filing EEOC complaints on behalf of other employees for the previous eight years and had worked as an HR professional for 25 years. In the end, a federal court in Philadelphia directed Amtrak to pay her $171,483 in back pay, along with damages and attorney fees, and raised her pay by $16,505.
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I still don't quite believe it: Iowa baseball is really in the NCAA Tournament. I'm not sure it's really going to sink in until Friday, when I see guys in black and gold, covered in tigerhawks, block Is, and baseball Herkys running around a field adorned in NCAA logos. Will it seem real then Maybe I don't know. Maybe it will still seem like the next part of a long, crazy hallucination that refuses to end. I mean, Iowa baseball in the NCAA Tournament Are you nuts
This NCAA Tournament appearance is about scratching an itch that I didn't even know existed. Being a sports fan is about longing and anticipation, about the journey as much as the destination. The triumph is always good, but it's always sweeter when obstacles have been defeated, when barriers have been surmounted, when hardships have been overcome. As Iowa fans, we know all about the ache of anticipation. Iowa basketball's demolition of Davidson in the NCAA Tournament would have been intensely enjoyable under any circumstances, but it became so cathartic because of the 15 years we'd had to wait since Iowa's previous NCAA Tournament win. Likewise, when Iowa football finally returns to the Rose Bowl (a wait that's 25 years and counting now), the celebration will be euphoric -- there's a lot of pent-up excitement and longing for that trip.
Two, Iowa football returning to the Rose Bowl has always felt plausible from watching the team over the years. Part of that stems from memories of watching them in past Rose Bowls -- if they could do it then, why not now -- but more of it results from seeing good Iowa teams over the last two and a half decades come close to making the Rose Bowl. But for bowl politics in 2002, Iowa's streak of not appearing in the Rose Bowl would already be over. Iowa won a share of the conference title in 2004, but they team they shared it with (Michigan) got the Rose Bowl trip, thanks to the head-to-head tiebreaker. Iowa was a whisker away from a Big Ten championship (and accompanying Rose Bowl bid) in 2009 as well. They came up short, but they came close enough to make you think that with a different result here or there that they could get it done in the future.
The idea that they could make the NCAA Tournament as an at-large selection That they could have such a spectacular regular season that they would be a no-brainer selection into the field of 64, even without the security of an automatic bid granted by a conference tournament championship Yeah, that never really crossed my mind. Of course, part of that is down to the fact that the Big Ten is not exactly a baseball powerhouse most years. This year is a glorious exception, with the league sending a record five teams, but it wasn't that long ago that the conference was fairly regularly a one-bid league -- there was just one Big Ten representative in the entire field of 64 in 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2011.
So let's enjoy this team for just a little bit longer, whether their run ends this weekend, next weekend, or (in a truly wonderful world) in the College World Series in Omaha. Rick Heller is getting phenomenal production out of Jack Dahm's players and he's recruiting well, too, which gives us hope that this might be the beginning of continued success for Iowa baseball. But that success may not be as sweet as this first taste of glory that was so surprising and so unprecedented. For the first time in a very long time, Iowa baseball is back in the NCAA Tournament. Go Iowa Awesome indeed. 153554b96e