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Title IX Then and Now: Celebrating Cornell Women's Athletics
In June 1972, the U.S. Congress and president brought into law Title IX, a portion of the Educational Amendments that prohibited gender discrimination in schools or other federally funded educational programs. One of the most notable effects was athletics: women’s participation in sports grew exponentially, including at Cornell, where by the fall of 1972 more than 300 women were involved in a dozen college sports – more than any other college or university in New York state.

But the passage of Title IX was far from the start of women’s athletics on East Hill. Cornell has offered women’s sports for more than 100 years. Nineteenth century Big Red women engaged in basketball and rowing. By fall 1972, Cornell fielded a dozen women’s intercollegiate teams out of Helen Newman Hall. Today, the university has 18 women’s varsity teams.

This year, Cornell celebrates women's athletics and the 50th anniversary of Title IX. As part of this celebration, the Class of 1974 (we were there when it happened!) invites you to join Cornell historian Corey Ryan Earle '07 for this look back at the history of women's athletics at Cornell. Corey will also moderate a panel of two Class of 1974 women athletes and two current student athletes. Panelists include:
Linda Smith McKeown '74 - ice hockey & track
Molly McBee Miller Ettenger '74 - ice hockey & tennis
DeeDee Maizes '22 - swimming
Summer Parker-Hall ’25 - basketball (and recipient of our Class of 1974 Scholarship)

Feb 23, 2022 08:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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