This year is a big one for women’s sports as Cornell—and the Ivy League– prepare to celebrate 50 years of Title IX*. Our Class of 1974 was there—in 1972–when Title IX changed women’s athletics! We will be sponsoring a webinar later this year about Title IX, as a complement to other commemorations planned for 2021-22.
Cornell has offered women’s sports for more than 100 years. In 1897, Big Red women were 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. Read more about Cornell women’s sports history here.
Our class is collecting stories about classmates who were active in women’s sports during our time at Cornell. If you have a Cornell women’s athletic experience to share—either your own, or one about a roommate, friend or coach, please send it to our classmate Diane Kopelman VerSchure at email@example.com or 508-733-6101. Photos are welcome too! Women athletes from our Notable class prevailed athletically at Cornell despite minimal budgets, limited travel, no official uniforms, a lack of practice facilities and more. We look forward to sharing classmate stories in future Class of 1974 email newsletters.
Go Big Red and please be well!