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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — An alum of Duke University and inductee into 11 different halls of fame, Nancy Hogshead-Makar is one of the featured women athletes in Dr. Richard Lapchick’s latest book, 100 Trailblazers. Hogshead-Makar’s contributions to sport have been extensive as she has used her athletic success as a platform to advocate for social justice.

During her eight years as a world champion swimmer, culminating in her three gold, and one silver, medals at the 1984 Olympics, she was named the best all-around swimmer nationally, and as one of the 13 greatest athletes of the 20th century in the State of Florida by Sports Illustrated. Driven to fight for social change and gender equity, Hogshead-Makar has fought for Title IX legislation implementation, going to law school and becoming a professor of law, and is a regular commentator in the media on social justice as well as having testified before Congress and in the U.S. Supreme Court. 

These and other of Nancy Hogshead-Makar’s accomplishments and accolades fill the pages of 100 Trailblazers, published by Fitness Information Technology and available at The book features the stories of 100 of the most influential women in sport who opened doors for future generations. Sections feature individuals from sports such as tennis, golf, track and field, swimming and diving, soccer, auto racing, figure and ice skating, gymnastics, softball, volleyball, and basketball, as well as a section on the administrators who broke down barriers to women in sport.


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