Christine H. B. Grant


Christine H. B. Grant

"She's been one of the ...leaders in the struggle for fairness for all women in all aspects of life, not just in athletics." – C. Vivian Stringer, 2001

Christine H. B. Grant, associate professor of sports administration and former women’s athletic director at the University of Iowa, is a nationally known advocate for gender equity in intercollegiate athletics. As a result of her leadership following her appointment in 1973, the Women's athletic program reached national prominence. Her recognition of disparities in the resources allotted to Women's and men's athletics led her to become a champion of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Grant has served as an expert consultant to the Health, Education and Welfare Office for Civil Rights Title IX Task Force. In addition, she has served as an expert witness in numerous Title IX cases, and as a consultant on Women's athletics, and has also published widely on intercollegiate athletics and equity issues. She was a founding member of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women and later served as its President. After serving on the Board of the National Association of Collegiate Women's Athletic Administrators, she was then elected its President. Grant was a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee in 1980 and selected as a field hockey judge for the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games. Although she officially retired as athletic director from the University of Iowa in 2000, she continued to teach in the graduate program in the Department of Health and Sport Studies until May 2006. Her work as an advocate for gender equity in college and high school athletics will continue. She was born in Bo’ness, Scotland on May 27, 1936. She was inducted into the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame in 2006.