Ch 6: Cheerleading
The gender composition of cheerleading, as well as ideas of ideal femininity and masculinity, have changed over time. This board collects contemporary and…
According to the 1957 Badger yearbook, the first women cheerleaders appeared on Dad's Day, October 20, 1956. (Wisconsin 6, Purdue 6) A letter from former cheerleaders from 1986, however, states that officially sanctioned women cheerleaders first appeared on campus in the fall of 1952 (4 women had done a routine at Homecoming 1951, but they were not official cheerleaders). Coed cheerleaders were abolished in the spring of 1954 then reintroduced in 1956.