51 minutes | May 19, 2021

Play Like a Girl: Natalie Williams and Norma Carr

From the 1940s to the 1970s, some school districts in Utah had policies that specifically prohibited girls from competing in sports against other schools. This episode highlights two athletes and coaches who fought for women and girls in Utah to have the same chance to play organized sports as their male counterparts: Natalie Williams, a former WNBA player and Olympic gold medal winner who runs the Natalie Williams Basketball Academy Norma Carr, a softball, volleyball, and basketball coach who was the first female athletic director in the state of Utah to oversee both men’s and women’s sports, which she did at Salt Lake Community College Both women faced gender barriers in their careers, but they pushed back and found ways to empower the generation of female athletes that came after them.
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