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Mighty are the women of Washington!

Softball, Track & Field, and Women's Rowing

Here are a few highlights of achievements since the inception of Title IX in 1972.

The 70s

  • Trish Bostrom (1969-72), tennis champion and women’s rights trailblazer
  • UW Athletics begins women’s varsity sports sponsorship (1974-75)
  • First senior women’s administrator Catherine “Kit” Green (1974-95)

The 80s

  • NCAA adds women’s sports and championships (1982-83)
  • Rowing’s dominance as 1981, 82, 83, 84 and 85 Women’s Eight National Champions
  • Basketball draws 3,832 fans in its NCAA first-round game against UCLA (1985); moves from Pavilion Addition to Hec Edmundson Pavilion (1986)

The 90s

  • Barbara Hedges, first woman hired as Athletic Director (1991-2004)
  • Women’s Soccer added as varsity sport (1991)
  • Softball added as a varsity sport (1993); earns Pac-10 championship after just four seasons
  • Husky Women’s Basketball reaches the NCAA Elite 8 (1990) and Sweet 16 (1995)

The 2000s

  • Volleyball rises to prominence with a National Championship (2005); Courtney Thompson (2003-06) wins National Player of the Year and Honda Award; All-Americans Sanja Tomasevic (2002-05) and Christal Morrison (2004-07)
  • Cross Country wins 2008 NCAA Championship

The 2010s

  • Two-time All-America Basketball Guard Kelsey Plum (2014-17) becomes college basketball’s all-time leading scorer and leads UW to the NCAA Final Four (2016)
  • Volleyball’s Krista Vansant (2011-14) earns 2014 National Player of the Year honors and leads UW to the 2013 NCAA Final Four
  • Golf coach Mary Lou Mulflur leads UW to its first NCAA Team Championship (2016)
  • Washington names Jennifer Cohen its second female Director of Athletics (2016-present)

The 2020s

  • Volleyball returns to the NCAA Final (2020)
  • The sky’s the limit!
  • Volleyball, Women's Golf and Women's Basketball celebrating wins