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As Title IX hits milestone, Stanford inducts all-female class to sports hall of fame – Redwood City Pulse

University’s female athletes lead U.S. in championships 50 years following game-changing legislation

Women’s athletics at Stanford University have come a long way over the past five decades since Title IX, the landmark legislation that brought gender equality to education — and sports — became federal law on June 23, 1972.

Stanford’s female athletes have won 139 Olympic medals, 258 individual collegiate national titles and 79 team national championships — the most from one U.S. university.

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the passage of Title IX and the achievements of its female athletes, Stanford Athletics has nominated its first all-female class of inductees to its Hall of Fame. They will officially join in September.

The class of former student-athletes includes: Lisa Bernhagen Ramos (women’s track and field), Elaine Breeden Penrose (women’s swimming and diving), Margie Dingeldein (women’s water polo), Ashley Hansen Church (softball), Carly Janiga Reardon (women’s gymnastics), Nneka Ogwumike (women’s basketball), Christen Press (women’s soccer) and Sally Voss Krueger (women’s golf).

Tara VanDerveer (women’s basketball) will be inducted for her legendary coaching career, which enters a 37th season in 2022-23, while longtime volunteer Linda R. Meier will receive special recognition for her service to the department.

In addition to producing a combined four NCAA team championships and six NCAA individual titles, multiple inductees have also claimed Olympic medals or been honored as their sport’s national player of the year. All eight former student-athletes were recognized as All-Americans in multiple seasons.

The athletes will be inducted in an evening ceremony on Friday, Sept. 9, at Bing Auditorium and publicly introduced on Saturday, Sept. 10, during Stanford’s football game against University of Southern California.

Stanford Athletic Director Bernard Muir said the Hall of Fame class is meant not only to honor legends of the past, but also to inspire and support legends of the future.

“As we celebrate the incredible achievements of the Cardinal’s women’s sports programs of the past, we are committed to strengthening Stanford’s position of leadership in women’s sports, and to providing an unrivaled opportunity for current and future Cardinal student-athletes to pursue their dreams while inspiring other young women to do the same,” Muir stated in an open letter to the Stanford community.

Nominees for the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame are selected based on athletic/academic achievement and post-Stanford success, such as their Olympic, international and professional career, as well as any notable civic service and leadership. Student-athletes are eligible for induction 10 years after their final competition season, said Brian Risso, assistant athletics director at Stanford.

While the university today can boast an unparalleled athletics program, women’s sports got off on a rocky start.

When President Richard Nixon signed Title IX of the Education Amendments into law, both Stanford Athletic Director Joe Ruetz and Pamela Strathairn, the head of Stanford’s women’s athletic programs, were concerned about investing in women’s sports without a guarantee that engagement in the women’s programs would remain strong for a long time, according to an article that appeared in The Stanford Daily in 1974.

Stanford’s female athletes argued that they couldn’t create engagement without proper investment and equipment, as the men’s programs received.

The Stanford women’s rowing team, which had none of the amenities provided to the men’s team at its inception in 1974, successfully lobbied for access to equipment, like boats, during a meeting with Ruetz and Stanford crew boosters, according to an October 1974 issue of The Stanford Daily.

In the following weeks, many discussions and meetings were held to …….

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University’s female athletes lead U.S. in championships 50 years following game-changing legislation

Women’s athletics at Stanford University have come a long way over the past five decades since Title IX, the landmark legislation that brought gender equality to education — and sports — became federal law on June 23, 1972.

Stanford’s female athletes have won 139 Olympic medals, 258 individual collegiate national titles and 79 team national championships — the most from one U.S. university.

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the passage of Title IX and the achievements of its female athletes, Stanford Athletics has nominated its first all-female class …….

University’s female athletes lead U.S. in championships 50 years following game-changing legislation

Women’s athletics at Stanford University have come a long way over the past five decades since Title IX, the landmark legislation that brought gender equality to education — and sports — became federal law on June 23, 1972.

Stanford’s female athletes have won 139 Olympic medals, 258 individual collegiate national titles and 79 team national championships — the most from one U.S. university.

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the passage of Title IX and the achievements of its female athletes, Stanford Athletics has nominated its first all-female class …….

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