A Hero for Daisy to be Screened at MHC February 9 Writer/ Director Mary Mazzio '83 to Lead Discussion




Mary Mazzio '83 will be on campus February 9 to lead a discussion about her documentary. "Mary C. Mazzio' s A Hero for Daisy is such a rush that it should probably have a warning label ... this is a movie that never stops moving." -- Betsey Sherman, Boston Globe

Hero For Daisy, a documentary film about two-time Olympian Chris Ernst, who galvanized her rowing team to storm the Yale athletic director's office in 1976 to protest the lack of locker room facilities for the women, will be shown Wednesday, February 9, in Gamble Auditorium at 7 pm. A reception and discussion with Mary Mazzio '83, the film's writer and director and herself a member of the 1992 Olympic rowing team in Barcelona, Spain, will follow the screening. Mazzio frequently lectures on issues related to women and competition. The event, which is being held in honor of National Girls and Women in Sports Day, is sponsored by Mount Holyoke and Springfield Colleges, with additional support provided by the MHC Department of Women's Studies and the Alumnae Association.

In front of a New York Times reporter, Ernst and the other women stripped, exposing the phrase Title IX (referring to legislation enacted in 1972 mandating gender equity for all institutions receiving federal aid), which was written in blue on their bodies. The story was carried by major international news outlets the following day. The film includes interviews with illustrious Yale graduate Senator John Kerry; legendary football coach and former Yale athletic director Carm Cozza; Dave Vogel, president of the U.S. Rowing Association and Yale's head rowing coach; a wide array of Yale administrators, students and graduates; as well as a number of Olympians.

After earning her bachelor's degree from MHC, Mazzio went on to earn a J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1987. She is now an attorney with Brown, Rudnick, Freed, and Gesmer, where she heads the firm's commercial leasing practice group. Mazzio was the recipient of the Mary Lyon Award given by Mount Holyoke for outstanding achievement, as well as a Rotary Foundation graduate scholarship and a Henry Luce Foundation Fellowship.