December 5, 2023


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Jean Ledwith King, attorney who championed for gender equity, dies

Jean Ledwith King, an Ann Arbor lawyer who championed gender equity for millions of women in schooling, work, politics and athletics, and helped to lay the basis for Title IX, the federal antidiscrimination law, died Saturday. She was 97. 

In 1970, King submitted her most significant educational action against the College of Michigan, co-authoring a complaint submitted with the U.S. Department of Labor for sexual intercourse discrimination in admissions, financial aid, employment and athletics. 

The grievance sparked a federal investigation and led to reforms at several colleges and universities across the country. When U-M refused to comply with the Department of Wellness, Schooling and Welfare’s needs to raise women’s admissions and give gender equity in athletics, it grew to become the initial college in the country to have federal grants withheld.