How Sheryl Swoopes’s Pregnancy Changed Professional Sports Forever

In response to the controversy, the NCAA quickly devised a set of gender-neutral guidelines for collegiate athletics programs across the country. Nancy Hogshead-Makar, senior director of advocacy at the Women’s Sports Foundation and author of the guidelines, said that addressing the stigma surrounding student-athlete pregnancy was crucial.

“When we were writing this, two NCAA student-athletes who got pregnant hid the babies, had the babies, and killed the babies–all because there was this shroud of shame,” says Hogshead-Makar. “Athletes on scholarship are usually unmarried and their babies unplanned. Our society is not kind to young women who are pregnant, particularly to women of color, and women without a job. Certainly from a societal perspective, keeping them in school is best.”

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