Talkin’ Title IX: 40 Years of Progress Evident in Northeast Conference

With the 40th anniversary of the legislation’s signing upon us, it is only right to recognize a number of the wonderful women who have made the Northeast Conference, and athletics as a whole, what it is today.

From Joan Martin to Susan Hofacre to Brenda Weare, numerous influential women have made unforgettable contributions to the NEC.

Two of those women found themselves in the spotlight on this Monday, June 25.

Gearing up for another go-round in the Olympics, NEC Hall of Famer Christie Pearce Rampone (Monmouth) joined a pair of her US Women’s National Soccer Team teammates on NBC’s Today Show.  The US captain, and four-time World Cup participant, is living proof that women can be wonderful mothers and world-class athletes at the same time.


Here’s the video link for Rampone’s visit to NBC’s Today Show…

During the Fall of 2011, NortheastConference.TV had the opportunity to conduct an exclusive interview with Rampone at her alma mater. View that footage below.


While Rampone was being featured in Midtown Manhattan, another one of the NEC’s most influential women was telling her story to ESPN Deportes down in Brooklyn Heights. 

In 2007, longtime St. Francis (NY) Terrier Irma Garica became the first-ever Hispanic woman to attain the position of Athletic Director at the NCAA Division I level.

Garcia has spent nearly a quarter-century at the Brooklyn-based institution that has billed itself “The Small College of Big Dreams.” Garcia spent her undergraduate years there as a basketball player and later returned to the take over as the head women’s basketball coach.


As part of its Title IX 40th anniversary celebration, the Women’s Sports Foundation  honored Garcia in the nation’s capital on June 21. Women’s Sports Foundation ‘40 for 40’ Press Release.

Link to ESPN Deportes Feature on Irma Garcia:


Top Title IX Tweet
@SFC_CoachD – “If you let me play…” thank you Title IX


Other Title IX Tweets
@karalawson20 – Wow, 40 years! Thank you TITLE IX! Thank you to all who support women’s sports at every level! #maketherules cc @NikeWomen #fb

@jessmendoza – Happy BIRThDAY Title IX!!!! If it wasn’t for you, millions of girls & women would not b as strong, confident and successful. Thank you!!

‏@Lives2Inspire – Senator Bayh on why he pushed Title IX..his late wife had a dream to pursue a degree & her application was returned..”women need not apply”


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Related Stories
40 years later, women’s sports still climbingBoston Herald (Jennifer Roes)

Title IX needed now more than everUSA Today (Christine Brennan)

Five myths about Title IXespnW (Kate Fagan and Luke Cyphers)


– June 26, 2012 –

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