APA Presidential Citation awarded to Dr. Bernice "Bunny" Sandler

On Oct. 5, 2012, in Washington, D.C., Dr. Suzanne Bennett Johnson presented an APA Presidential Citation to Dr. Bernice 'Bunny' Sandler. The text of the citation reads as follows:

In recognition of her visionary, courageous and fearless leadership for women’s rights and gender equality. For more than four decades, Dr. Sandler has been a fierce pioneer in the movement to abolish sex discrimination in higher education due to her visionary, courageous and fearless leadership for women's rights and gender equality for more than four decades. In the 1970's, Sandler led a group which filed lawsuits against more than 250 institutions to ensure that women received the same opportunities afforded to men. Affectionately dubbed "the Godmother of Title IX," she was integral in the creation and passage of the landmark Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which sparked a revolution and continues to break down barriers to women's and girls' full participation in the classroom and on the athletic field.

She is a passionate advocate, gifted scholar, consummate mentor, prolific author, inspiring presenter and preeminent consultant on women's and girls' equity in education and employment, including sexual harassment, sex discrimination, climate change and Psychology Psychology as a Core Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Discipline. It is in recognition of her tireless efforts that have transformed the lives of millions of women and girls and her commitment to combat challenges that still remain in achieving true equity for all that the American Psychological Association presents Dr. Bernice 'Bunny' Sandler with this Presidential Citation.

APA Presidential Citation awarded to Dr. Bernice "Bunny" Sandler

Also referred to as the "Godmother of Title IX", Dr. Sandler continues to be an advocate and a leader in the movement to abolish sex discrimination in higher education. Her utilization of psychological science was integral in the creation and passage of the landmark Title IX of the Education Amendments, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2012.