December 3rd, 2019 | by CollegeAD

When Yale recruited Carol Roberts in 1977 to play field hockey and softball, the locker room for those sports was still about a half-mile from the women’s playing fields. As Ms. Roberts recalled, both teams shared one portable toilet. Decades later, as chief financial officer of International Paper, Ms. Roberts, 59, a mechanical engineer by training, donated $4 million of a $6 million project to build a field house for Yale’s female athletes between the field hockey and softball fields. As the 50th anniversary of Title IX approaches, the pioneering athletes who first benefited from the 1972 federal gender-equity law are now in their 50s or 60s, and some of them have gained sizable wealth as more women have entered the executive suite. They have created a subset of university giving, donating millions back to their alma maters as primary donors to build facilities and endow scholarships and coaching positions. -Jeré Longman, The New York Times. Read More.

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