Don McPherson

Position: Author, Speaker, Feminist
Categories: Speakers

Don McPherson is the author of You Throw Like a Girl: The Blind Spot of Masculinity, which chronicles 37 years of harnessing the power and appeal of sport to address complex social issues and focuses on a quarter century of work on gender-based violence prevention.

McPherson was an All-America quarterback at Syracuse University and is a veteran of the NFL and Canadian Football League. As captain of the undefeated 1987 Syracuse football team, McPherson set 22 school records and won more than 18 national Player of the Year awards. In 2008, McPherson was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame.

Upon retiring from football in 1994, McPherson turned his focus to the issue of men’s violence against women. McPherson emerged as a national leader and advocate for the prevention of sexual and domestic violence. He has conducted workshops and lectures for more than 350 college campuses, community organizations, and national sports and violence prevention organizations. His programs and lectures have reached millions.

Don McPherson has served as a board member, consultant, and advisor for the Ms. Foundation for Women, the US National Committee for UN Women, and the National Football Foundation. Currently, he is a member of the advisory board of Press Forward and the Vital Voices Solidarity Council.


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