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During the early 20th century female students engaged in play and games as a form of physical activity. It was not lady-like to exert oneself, girls should aim to glisten and glow not sweat. Back then the only needed benefit of physical activity for women was to develop poise, self-confidence and beauty. Competitive sports for women were frowned upon as a threat to female fertility and femininity.
After a century of fighting for gender equality on many fronts and the passage of new legislation toward the end of the 20th century, the playing field finally began to level out. While there is still room for growth and improvement, UCO has continued to develop and evolve women’s athletics on campus. Many of Central's noted female athletes have gone on to win regional conference and national championships. Go Lady Bronchos!!!
Kristi Kohl, Archives Specialist
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Corner of Ayers St. & University Dr., Edmond, OK
The University of Central Oklahoma recognizes the university's main campus is located on the traditional lands of the Caddo and Wichita people.
Visit the UCO Land Acknowledgement website to learn more.