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Babe Didrikson Zaharias was one of the greatest of all time.
From figure skater Sonja Henie to speedskater Bonnie Blair and beyond, women have left their mark on the world of sports. Look back at the accomplishments of Henie, Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Wilma Rudolph, Billie Jean King, Nadia Comaneci, Martina Navratilova, Nancy Lopez, Chris Evert, Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Blair. Timeline

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The Bay Area Women's Sports Initiative (BAWSI, pronounced "bossy") is an organization devoted to helping create ways for strong, talented and accomplished female athletes and coaches to inspire girls, women and families with their leadership skills and community service.

BAWSI arose after the Women's United Soccer Association folded in 2003. It was founded in 2005 by Olympic and World Cup soccer stars Brandi Chastain and Julie Foudy as well as Marlene Bjornsrud, former general manager of the San Jose CyberRays women's professional soccer team. To learn more, go to

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