One Washington Square: Arena of Influence

By Julia Halprin Jackson

Photo by David Schmitz

“Athletes have tremendous power and can utilize it to make a more inclusive society for us all,” says champion fencer Stacey Johnson, ’80 Public Relations. “When athletes come together, they can move mountains.” Johnson was a panelist at Words to Action: Gender, Sport and Society, a town hall hosted by San Jose State’s Institute for the Study of Sport, Society and Social Change. For generations, female athletes and sports executives have fought for access, equity and acceptance. On March 14, a dozen trailblazers took center stage at the SJSU-operated Hammer Theatre Center in downtown San Jose to discuss the legacy and impact of Title IX, #MeToo, sexual violence, and the challenges and opportunities facing woman athletes today. The audience listened to panelists share victories and losses on and off the playing field, illuminating the stories of women on the move.


Julia Halprin Jackson

Julia Halprin Jackson is a writer on San Jose State University's Strategic Communications and Marketing team.

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