Sportswomen Speak – Episode 1 – Joan Birkland
A multi-sport athlete, Joanie shares how she got her start in tennis, basketball and golf. She delves into what the sports world was like for women pre-Title IX, and the impact it’s had, including early specialization.
Joanie talks about her match against U.S. Open champion Althea Gibson, and how she organized a tackle football game between sororities at the University of Colorado at Boulder that got her briefly expelled.
The creation of Sportswomen of Colorado was one of Joanie’s proudest achievements, and she shares how she, along with a small group of women, started the organization.