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In her days as a Swarthmore athlete, says Diana Judd Stevens ’63, women’s teams had to transport themselves to away swim meets. “The College had a couple of station wagons. I got authorized to drive one to Chestnut Hill, and the engine died on Route 320. We got it fixed and made it to the meet on time.”

100 Years of Fortitude

Winter 2015

More than a century ago, 70 years before Title IX, Swarthmore women were eager to play sports. In the early 1900s, while male students played football and lacrosse against Penn, Temple and other schools, the women created their own athletics organization, initially named the Girls’ Athletic Club, later the Swarthmore Women’s Athletic Association (SWAA), then the Women’s Athletic Association (WAA). All female students were encouraged to play.

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