In 2004 the University of Wisconsin-Madison celebrated the 30th anniversary of women’s intercollegiate athletics. But women’s sports at Wisconsin enjoy a much older and richer tradition than this milestone suggests.
This narrative traces the history of Wisconsin women’s athletics back to the nineteenth century.
By Chris Hartman for the UW-Madison Archives (2004).
- The Early Days
- Calisthenics and Drills
- Women’s Athletic Association (WAA)
- Facilities: Expansion in the 1910s
- Blanche Trilling and the Evils of Competition
- The Effects of “Play for Plays Sake”
- From Culture to Education: The P.E. Department
- Margaret H’Doubler and the Wisconsin Dance Idea
- The Quiet Years: 1930s-1950s
- Epilogue: The Sea Change of Title IX
- Notes (see pdf for exhibit footnotes)
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