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25 of the Most Historic Women In Sports

PUBLISHED July 9, 2022 | News

A couple weeks ago, the United States celebrated the 50th anniversary of Title IX – as well as the many historic women that played a role and continue to play a role in achieving equal opportunity in sports. Their relentless efforts over the past 200+ years should be celebrated.

The truth is women have long been overlooked and underappreciated in the sports community and while they’ve seen a lot of progress in recent years, there’s still a lot more that needs to be accomplished. Title IX was a turning point for historic women in sports, but it can’t be the last.

Especially when you consider how exciting women’s sports has become and how talented women can be at sports when given a chance to display their passion for it. The progress and continued improvement we see today is something we should’ve experienced centuries ago.

Who Are the Most Historic Women in Sports? 

When you think about all the trailblazers in women’s sports, there are a lot of historic women that come to mind and while we would love to highlight all of them, we simply don’t have the time – seriously, we could go on for days, if not weeks. There are too many that deserve recognition.

With that said, we’re going to narrow it down to 25 of the most historic women in sports – names that everyone should know if they want to truly understand the history of women’s sports. Some of the names will sound familiar and even recent, while others might come as a mystery.

Either way, you’re going to be delighted to learn of all the different sports and athletes we have in store for you below – everything from basketball to gymnastics, hockey, track and field, rock climbing, horse racing, soccer, baseball, softball, tennis, golf, and much more. Let’s get started!

9. Nancy Lieberman

Nancy Lieberman is a former American basketball player who played college ball at Old Dominion University before playing nine seasons professionally. She also coached a men’s G League team, a WNBA team, and was an assistant for the Sacramento Kings of the NBA. She’s a member of four Hall of Fames and is one of the most respected women in all of basketball.