Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Activism in Women’s Sport

If 2020 has had a few bright spots, one of them was that the Seattle Storm won its fourth WNBA championship after a historic WNBA season played at the intersection of sports, business and social change. Seattle Storm Co-owner Ginny Gilder talks with Dean Ed Taylor about how joining the Yale women’s rowing team in 1975 — three years after Title IX was passed — and being part of the 1980 U.S. boycott of the Olympics has meant that sports and politics always belong together.

Presented to students on December 8, 2020.

Photo of Ginny GilderFeaturing Ginny Gilder

Ginny Gilder is a former competitive rower and Olympic silver medalist. As an undergraduate rower at Yale, Gilder joined her teammates in their fight for equity for women athletes at Yale. Gilder is a co-owner of the Seattle Storm, a professional women’s basketball team in the WNBA and CEO of Gilder Office for Growth. Her memoir, “Course Correction” was published in 2015.