As part of Women’s History Month, a talk on women’s sports will be held at Monmouth College on March 19 at 7 p.m. in the Whiteman-McMillan Highlander Room of the Stockdale Center.
Titled “Women’s Sports Before Title IX: Memories, Regrets, and Victories,” the talk is co-sponsored by the college’s department of history and the American Association of University Women (AAUW).
Kathy Wagoner, MC’s associate director of student life and a former Monmouth coach, will be joined by retired elementary teacher Peggy Kulczewski in a discussion of sports before the landmark Title IX legislation, which was passed in 1972 to ensure equity in education for women and girls. The history of Title IX and the issue of compliance will be addressed by Wagoner and Kulczewski, who both loved sports as they grew up but faced limited opportunities to participate on girls’ teams.
Wagoner began coaching at Monmouth in 1979 when women’s sports were governed by the AIAW and women played in their own separate conferences. During her coaching career, which also included a stint at Knox College, she witnessed the absorption of women’s sports by the NCAA. Wagoner was the first woman inducted to the Hall of Fame at her alma mater, Northwest Missouri State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in 1975 and a master’s degree in 1980.
Kulczewski grew up in rural Monmouth and studied physical education at the University of Illinois, receiving a bachelor’s degree in 1971 and a master’s degree the following year. For 25 years, she taught in Monmouth elementary schools in Monmouth. Since her retirement in 2012, Kulczewski works part-time as a lay minister for the United Methodist churches in Smithshire and Kirkwood.