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Girl Power: Inspiring the Next Generation of Women Athletes
  • Date: Thursday, May 04, 2023
  • Time: 5:00 pm
  • Location: McGowan Theatre and Online

Join us for an evening of pure inspiration as we talk all things girl power and sports. A panel of accomplished women in sport will recount their career journeys and how they tackled the belief that “girls can’t do that,” inspiring girls to pursue their dreams by trusting their inner voice and never settling for “no.” Natalie Kalibat, American sportscaster and former diving champion, will moderate the discussion between Play Like a Girl Ambassadors Monica Abbott, one of the most decorated players in the history of softball; Bethany Donaphin, former WNBA basketball player who is now Head of League Operations; and Patricia Mangan, two-time Olympic alpine skier. These four remarkable athletes will share how a background in sports led them to success—on and off the field of play. Dr. Kimberly Clay, founder and CEO of Play Like a Girl, will deliver welcoming remarks. This program is hosted in partnership with Play Like a Girl, a national nonprofit organization that leverages the skills girls gain from sport to help prepare them for competitive, male-dominated careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. 

Play Like a Girl invites attendees to a networking reception and photo opportunity with the athlete ambassadors immediately following the panel discussion. 

This program supports the current National Archives exhibit All American: The Power of Sports, which opened in September 2022. The exhibit will be open for tour prior to the program. 

All American: The Power of Sports and programs presented in conjunction with the exhibit are made possible in part by the National Archives Foundation through the generous support of AT&T, AARP, and Mars, Incorporated. Additional support provided by HISTORY® and the Lawrence F. O’Brien Family.