100 Trailblazers: Great Women Athletes Who Opened Doors for Future Generations

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100 Trailblazers shines an admiring spotlight on the accomplishments of women in sport whose life stories are important but not necessarily well known. Research and personal interviews reveal the groundbreaking work of effective administrators, dedicated coaches, determined reformers, and spirited athletes who excelled in tennis, golf, skating, swimming and diving, gymnastics, track and field, soccer, softball and baseball, basketball, volleyball, and motor sports. These fascinating profiles chronicle the achievements of women who overcame innumerable obstacles, broke down walls, and opened doors for future generations.

Contents
Foreword by Anita L. DeFrantz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xv
Acknowledgments. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xvii
CHAPTER 1 • An Introduction 1
CHAPTER 2 • Administrators Break Down the Walls 11
Judy Sweet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Trailblazer of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics
for Women (AIAW)
Charlotte West. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Trailblazer of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics
for Women (AIAW)
Christine Grant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
Trailblazer of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics
for Women (AIAW)
Merrily Dean Baker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Trailblazer of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics
for Women (AIAW)
Carol Gordon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Trailblazer of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics
for Women (AIAW)
Dr. Peggy Burke . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Trailblazer of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics
for Women (AIAW)
Dr. Lonnie Leotus “Lee” Morrison. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
Trailblazer of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics
for Women (AIAW)
Dr. Carole Mushier. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
Trailblazer of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics
for Women (AIAW)
Dr. Carole Oglesby. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Trailblazer of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics
for Women (AIAW)
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“Richard's love and passion for truth and sharing history, as he has lived and experienced it, fuel why this story had to be told, and these women are a part of his masterpiece! You accumulate ‘Excellence Equity’ in life when you have done something good for a long time. Each of the 100 ‘trailblazers’ has it!”
—Nancy Lieberman
Basketball Hall of Famer/ESPN analyst

“One of the greatest laments of historians is the ‘lost’ history of women in sports. Was there another Babe Didrikson before her time? Were the infamous Red Heads as good as the Universities of Tennessee and Connecticut dynasties? We will never be able to know or compare because the work and achievements of sportswomen were not valued until recently, the media did not cover their accomplishments, and there were few photographs and records kept for posterity. 100 Trailblazers attempts to remedy some of this failure. Kudos!”
—Donna Lopiano
President, Sports Management Resources
and former Director of the Women’s Sports Foundation.

“When I was growing up in the ’50s and ’60s, there were really no role models in sports for me to even think about being a professional athlete. Now there are so many women out there competing, coaching, managing, organizing, and leading everywhere in every way. I’m proud to be included in this collection of women who’ve led the way and who continue to show girls that the opportunities are limitless.”
—Lyn St. James
Indianapolis 500 Driver/Motivational Speaker/Author