Kathleen D. “Skippy” White (N'1957), the first Georgetown woman to win a varsity letter, photographed with Clement W. Ryan (C'1955)
A student in the Nursing School and member of the Sailing team, White won her athletic letter in the spring of 1955, one of 38 students who did so. What distinguished her from the other 37 was the fact that she was a woman, the first women be awarded a major varsity letter at Georgetown. As half of a two-member team sailing in Class A dinghy competition, she had been successfully competing with – and against – men. However, in 1957, the Eastern Intercollegiate Athletic Association enforced an existing rule excluding women and barred White and Georgetown’s second “letterwoman”, Carole Bloise – like White a member of the Sailing team – from competition.
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