100 Trailblazers: Great Women Athletes Who Opened Doors for Future Generations was published in July 2009. It contains extensive profiles of over 100 women who blazed trails in women’s sports, written by Dr. Richard Lapchick and his students Sara Jane Baker, Jessica Bartter, Catherine Lahey, Stacy Martin-Tenney, Horacio Ruiz and Ryan Sleeper.
Dr. Richard Lapchick is a human rights activist, pioneer for racial equality, internationally recognized expert on sports issues, scholar, and author. He is the DeVos Eminent Scholar Chair and Director of the Sport Business Management Graduate Program in the College of Business Administration at the University of Central Florida. He founded both the Northeastern University Center for the Study of Sport in Society and the National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS), and he is now the president and chief executive officer of the Consortium.
Throughout the Spring and Summer of 2011, a new set of Dr. Lapchick’s students (Christopher Sarpy, Anna Florzak, Taunita Stephenson and Elizabeth Schulz) entered the text of each trailblazer’s chapter as part of a complete and current online profile, all housed on WomenTalkSports.com, with the intention of creating a modern and malleable resource for those interested in the history of women in sports. We are honored to work with Dr. Lapchick and his prestigious program and impressive scholars. We look forward to expanding this resource as time goes on as not only a directory of people but also a timeline of events in women’s sports history.