Letter from the Editors: On discontinuing "Lady Hens"

UD volleyball game 10/12/14
The Review will no longer use the term “Lady Hens.”

Dear Readers,

Throughout The Review’s history, we have referred to the university’s women’s sports teams as the Lady Hens. We feel it is time to retire the term. Though a long-held tradition, referring to our women’s sports teams as the Lady Hens while we refer to our men’s teams as the Hens suggests that men’s teams lay claim to true Henship and to the true embodiment of athleticism. By categorizing our women’s teams as other, we diminish the tremendous achievements of our women’s sports.

Laura Travis, who has coached in the tennis program for 23 years, serves as an example of Blue Hen women who prove a gender hierarchy does not exist. Not only was she the first woman at this college to coach a men’s team, but she also broke several university records while playing tennis as a student. More recently, Elena Delle Donne is among the university’s most successful athletes, going on to make a name for herself both on and off the court. We must also acknowledge the recent winning seasons of the women’s field hockey, basketball and ice hockey teams.

To our copy editors’ delight, this change will also reduce redundancy as hens, technically speaking, are female. Though this change is long overdue, we are proud to announce we are disposing of a discriminatory term.

Read here: A Letter to the Editor from alumnus James Wiles prompts change.

Faithfully yours,
Elizabeth Quartararo & Cady Zuvich

UD field hockey vs NC
Women’s field hockey won four CAA titles in the past eleven years.

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