Brown Reinstating Two Women's Teams in Settlement

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Women’s equestrian and fencing are back at Brown University, while a 22-year-old agreement will eventually come to an end.

The private Ivy League school in Rhode Island announced Thursday that women’s equestrian and fencing, which were originally cut in May, will have their varsity status reinstated. According to Inside Higher Ed, the reversal comes as part of a deal to end the terms of the 1998 “Cohen agreement,” which has required “Brown to maintain a strict and specific proportion of athletic opportunities for women that is close to the proportion of women in its undergraduate population.” That agreement will now end on Aug. 31, 2024.

“The Cohen agreement served an important purpose when it was signed 22 years ago, but Brown’s commitment to women athletes transcends the agreement,” University president Christina Paxson said in the press release. “We can provide excellent athletics opportunities for women and men, be a leader in upholding Title IX and have a competitive varsity program. And we will.”

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