Film showing and discussion: Rise of the Wahine: Champions of Title IX, March 29

The film tells the story of the UH Mānoa Rainbow Wahine women’s volleyball team in their battle against discrimination from Washington D.C. to Hawai‘i, fighting for the rights of young women to play sports.


In recognition of 50 years of Title IX, the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo will host a screening of the film Rise of the Wahine: Champions of Title IX on March 29, 2023, 6:00 p.m., University Classroom Building, room 100.

The film tells the story of the UH Mānoa Rainbow Wahine women’s volleyball team.

“In the years following the Civil Rights movement and the passage of Title IX in 1972, Dr. Donnis Thompson (an African-American athletic pioneer), Patsy Mink (the first Asian-American U.S. congresswoman), and Beth McLachlin (team captain of a rag-tag volleyball team), battled discrimination from the halls of Washington D.C. to the dusty volleyball courts of the University of Hawaii, fighting for the rights of young women to play sports.”

Jennifer Stotter pictured
Jennifer Stotter

“We will have a brief conversation following the film to discuss the historic and current role of Title IX, considering intersections of race, gender and gender identity in sport,” says Jennifer Stotter, director of UH Hilo’s Office of Equal Opportunity and coordinator of the university’s Title IX initiatives.

There will also be giveaways for students.

The event is sponsored by the UH Hilo Office of Equal Opportunity; the Chancellorʻs Committee for Excellence in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; and the Waioloma Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Center.

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