Quimbee logo
DMCA.com Protection Status
From our private database of 16,400+ case briefs...

Blair v. Washington State University

Supreme Court of Washington
740 P.2d 1379 (1987)


In 1980-81, men’s athletic programs at Washington State University (WSU) (defendant) received over $3 million in funding, the majority earned through gate receipts and broadcast revenues. The football program generated $1.43 million alone. Conversely, women’s athletic programs at WSU only generated about $690,000, the majority of which came from legislative appropriations. Only $11,000 was earned from gate admissions. Blair (plaintiff) and other female athletes and coaches at Washington State University (WSU) (defendant) brought suit against the institution claiming that its distribution of athletic opportunities and resources violated the Washington State Equal Rights Amendment and the state’s Law Against Discrimination. Noting that WSU had engaged in “unlawful sex discrimination,” the trial court entered an injunction requiring the women’s athletic program receive 37.5% of WSU’s financial support given to intercollegiate athletics during 1982-83. Further, the minimum percentage for women was required to increase by 2 percent each year until it corresponded to the percentage of women undergraduates (44 percent). However, the court noted that the level of support for women’s athletics was not required to exceed by more than 3 percent the actual participation rate of women competing in sports at WSU, excluding the football program from the comparison. The trial judge also excluded the football program when he apportioned the funding for athletic scholarships and when he ordered WSU to increase opportunities for women in athletics until the level was commensurate with the proportion of female undergraduate students. Blair appealed the portion of the trial court’s opinion which excluded the football program from the calculations for participation opportunities, scholarships, and distribution of funds and the portion of the injunction excluding from the division of university financial support the revenue generated by any specific sport or program.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Dolliver, J.)

What to do next…

  1. Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.

    You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 97,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read our student testimonials.

  2. Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.

    Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students. Read more about Quimbee.

Here's why 373,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:

  • Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 16,400 briefs, keyed to 223 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
  • The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
  • Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
  • Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.

Questions & Answers

Have a question about this case?

Sign up for a free 7-day trial and ask it

Sign up for a FREE 7-day trial