This March as we celebrate Women’s History Month we would like to celebrate our history at the Women’s Sports Foundation and the incredible women who have served as our Presidents. We spoke with former WSF President Angela Ruggiero to ask her how she translates her skills on the ice to the business world, why it’s important to her that all girls have access to sports and more.
Did you know that before Title IX was enacted in 1972, just one in 27 high school girls played sports? And that now, that number is two in five? Watch WSF Past President Angela Ruggiero talk more about the landmark legislation on Nickelodeon’s Nick News’ special, “What is Title IX and Why Do You Care?”
Last year, Women’s Sports Foundation Senior Director of Advocacy, Nancy Hogshead-Makar, shared in a blog from our SHENetwork.org that there is no statute protecting Olympic athletes from coach or peer sexual harassment or assault. Hogshead-Makar also expressed that tort law has proven to be inadequate in protecting these victims of sexual harassment or assault because many National Governing Bodies (NGBs) have structured their insurance agreements to make them effectively judgment-proof. Because of this lack of protection, the Women’s Sports Foundation provided expert council to the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and called for additional protections to its by-laws.
Angela Ruggiero is one of the most-decorated ice hockey players in the history of the sport. With an Olympic gold medal, two silvers and a bronze and four World Championship golds, her name sits at the top of the all-time greatest list. Not just a star on the ice, Ruggiero graduated cum laude from Harvard University in 2004. She then went on to earn a Master’s degree from the University of Minnesota; after announcing her retirement from ice hockey in 2011, Ruggiero returned to Boston and is currently working toward an MBA at Harvard Business School. We are thrilled to have someone with such an impressive pedigree serve as the President of the Women’s Sports Foundation. Last week, we sat down with Ruggiero to talk about her new leadership role, her work with the IOC and why our mission matters to her.
We are proud to announce the appointment of Sandra (Sandy) Vivas as Chair-Elect to the WSF Board of Trustees. Sandy will assume the role of chair on January 1, 2013, and will help shape strategic direction and development initiatives for the us during a two-year term. Benita Fitzgerald-Mosley, current chair and Chief of Sport Performance for USA Track & Field, will continue to serve on the Foundation’s Board.