- Christine Grant, professor emerita, University of Iowa, (the bio neglects to mention her academic position though only mentioning her advocacy for women's sports and position as a sports administrator) Title IX advocate (and the person who taught me the ins and outs of Title IX compliance)
- Vivian Acosta and Linda J. Carpenter, both professors emerita at City University of New York, Brooklyn, who have tirelessly been compiling and analyzing Title IX data since the late 1970s.
- Pat Griffin, professor emerita at University of Massachusetts, current head of the Women's Sports Foundation's It Takes a team project whose aim is to combat homophobia in sports. She wrote Strong Women, Deep Closets about the lives of gay women in athletics. (She's also a very nice person and good softball player, though I am not sure if these were criteria the IIS committee used.)
- Billie Jean King--of course!
There are a lot of other very important people on the list. I was a little disappointed to see Frank Deford there as I frequently have a problem with his commentaries on gender and sport but overall I thought the IIS did a good job compiling this list.