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Gender and Sports: Beyond Equality is a series examining gender access, equity, inclusion, and leadership in collegiate and professional sports.
Join us as Julie Foudy '94 interviews Simone Manuel '18 and Katie Ledecky '20.
JULIE FOUDY ‘94 is a former captain of the US Women’s Soccer Team, 2x Olympic Gold Medalist, and 2x World Cup Champion. Author of Choose to Matter: Being Fabulously and Courageously YOU. She served on the Women’s Sports Foundation Board of Directors for 7 years and was a WSF advocacy consultant for two years, with a focus on Title IX, childhood obesity, and athletes’ rights issues. Julie served as a member for the Commission on Title IX, appointed by President Bush and Secretary Paige. Julie has also been named as one of the “100 Most Infuential NCAA Student-Athletes.” The NCAA defnes the 100 Most Infuential Student-Athletes as those who have made a signifcant impact or major contributions to society.
SIMONE MANUEL ‘18 won gold in the Rio Olympics, and she has proven to be a personality that’s easy to connect with and an athlete with the courage, fre and grit to perform her best in the biggest moments. Afer becoming the frst African-American woman to win an individual Olympic gold medal in swimming, she became the undisputed face of U.S. sprint as she brought home two Olympic golds, two silvers and grabbed fve gold medals and one bronze at the following year’s World Championships. A barrier breaker, Simone embraces the opportunity to discuss her role in history and the important angles she provides in discussions about race, inclusion and equality
KATIE LEDECKY ‘20 has won fve Olympic gold medals and 14 world championship gold medals, the most in history for a female swimmer. In her international debut at the 2012 London Olympic Games as a 15-year-old, Ledecky unexpectedly won the gold medal in the women’s 800-meter freestyle. Ledecky’s success has earned her Swimming World’s Female World Swimmer of the Year a record-breaking fve times. Ledecky’s 10 individual gold medals at the World Aquatics Championships and 14 combined individual titles at the Olympics and World Aquatics Championships are records in women’s swimming.
Feminist, Gender & Sexuality Studies; Office for Religious Life; Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation; Residential Education; Vice Provost of Student Affairs; Clayman Institute; American Studies; The Center for the Legal Profession & Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education