Title IX has been a passionate topic for Candace Parker ever since she learned about its implications while doing a paper on it in eighth grade.
Therefore, it should come as no surprise that his first documentary as an executive producer is about historical law. On Saturday, “Title IX: 37 Words That Changed America,” coverage of the men’s Final Four airs on TBS starting at 1 p.m. EDT.
“I’m sitting here because of Title IX. Although we have so many victories, we still have a long way to go. So we went on to tell the Title IX story through our own eyes so you can see if Title IX doesn’t exist.” Well, I wouldn’t have been there,” Parker said.
Parker considers himself a first generation beneficiary of Title IX, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. It states: “No person in the United States shall be denied, on the basis of sex, participation in any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance, or discrimination under any education program or activity.” shall not be subjected to.”
Parker’s mother, Sarah, joined Iowa before Title IX became law. Candace’s 12-year-old daughter Layla Nicole Williams will have more opportunities.
“It means a lot to my mother and my daughter to be able to be a part of it,” Parker said. “I am inspired by my mother and her story. And then for my daughter as well, I want to keep opening doors, and I don’t want her to see boundaries.
The documentary also comes as the disparities between the NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments are coming under intense scrutiny.
“Something as simple as March Madness, isn’t it? Like, now women can use it. It’s incredible. It’s 2022,” Parker said. “But things are changing. But it is not far away that we still have a long way to go. I think the whole point of doing this documentary is that if you invest, it’s not a charity, it’s an investment. And it’s an honest investment of trying to make it work. And I think for so long, we just existed; Women’s sports existed as something that had to happen. And now we look at it as an investment, and then I think we can start moving things forward.”
Parker won a pair of NCAA championships in Tennessee while coached by the late Pat Summitt, one of the pioneers of Title IX. Parker has incorporated that experience into a successful career as a two-time WNBA champion and MVP and two gold medalists at the Olympics.
Parker is also a skilled analyst for Turner Sports on its NBA and NCAA tournament coverage since 2018. During discussions at Turner about a contract extension, Parker and his representatives first put forward the idea of a documentary. It got the green signal for production last November.
The documentary includes interviews with Billie Jean King, Peyton Manning, Lisa Leslie, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
“There are so many influential voices that I think I have to pinch myself to feel like they’re a part of it,” Parker said. “For Billie Jean King, like a 10-year-old girl who did a biographical project on her, I think that’s very special.
“Title IX doesn’t just affect women. To see Peyton Manning see how Pat really affected her life as a competitor and as a person. To see someone who this It’s a symbol of saying I think women are valuable in leadership positions.”
Having Final Four coverage on Saturday of the documentary tip-off Turner should give it a wider audience. The documentary will be followed by ‘The Arena’ and will focus on the impact of Title IX on sport and society.
It is also the first project for Parker’s production company – Baby Hair Productions – and was also produced with Scout Productions.
“With a diverse audience, not just women and girls, we want everyone to see how influential and powerful women are in society,” Parker said. “It’s something that we talk about, especially after ‘The Arena’ show, I think it speaks to how important it is.”
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