Bernice Resnick Sandler was born in 1928 in New York City. She studied psychology at Brooklyn College (B.A. 1948) and the City College of New York (M.A. 1950). She earned a doctorate in counseling at the University of Maryland (Ed.D. 1969). After receiving her doctorate, Sandler found it hard to find work, and began a career-long endeavor to ensure equal access to educational employment for women. Under the auspices of the Women's Equity Action League (WEAL)'s Committee for Federal Contract Compliance, she filed administrative complaints against over 250 colleges and universities under the U.S. Department of Labor, charging the department's Office of Federal Contract Compliance with failing to enforce federal contract compliance at colleges and universities. The publicity which Sandler generated through these complaints contributed to Congressional hearings on the topic of women in education, and led Representative Edith Green to author the leigslation which eventually became Title IX.