Title IX at UW-Stout
June 23, 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of Title IX, a federal law that prohibited discrimination by sex in athletics within all educational institutions. Title IX states, “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” To commemorate this milestone, the UW-Stout Archives will be celebrating the successes of female athletes, exploring the history of Blue Devil athletic programs, and highlighting the influence of Title IX on the UW-Stout community.
This exhibit will be growing and evolving throughout the 2022-2023 athletic year. To look closer at the files mentioned in this exhibit and other athletics materials, the Archives has a Blue Devils Athletics digital collection online and keyword searchable.
Blue Devil Athletics Before Title IX
Title IX was passed on June 23, 1972, and at that time there were already multiple women’s athletic programs at UW-Stout, including women’s gymnastics (1967-1968), volleyball (1968-1969), and basketball (1971-1972).
Title IX in Stoutonia
Stoutonia’s sports section analyzed Title IX and documented Stout’s athletic changes in the recent years after it was passed.
Blue Devil Athletics After Title IX
Women’s athletics continue to grow at UW-Stout both in successes and women’s programs. In 2023, women’s Lacrosse will begin their first season as the 19th NCAA varsity sport at UW-Stout and the 11th NCAA women’s varsity sport.
Karen Mueser – UW-Stout’s First Woman 4-Year Athlete
Mueser was a member of the first women’s gymnastics team at Stout and participated in gymnastics from 1966-1970. She was inducted into the UW-Stout Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001. To learn more about the UW-Stout’s first gymnastics team, check out Before Title IX: Stout gymnastics teams contending for and winning state titles.
WWIAC Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of Title IX
In 1995, the Wisconsin Women’s Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WWIAC) celebrated Kay Carter’s role in starting the first women’s athletics team at Stout, women’s gymnastics.
Share Your Story
We are continually collecting information, records, stories, ephemera, and artifacts from former students and athletes at UW-Stout. If you would like to share your own story or donate, please contact the UW-Stout Archives, email@example.com.