Life Was Not a Spectator Sport

Finding women she could relate to was especially important for Moses because she’d succeeded without ever having role models. She was raised in a poor coal-mining town in southwest Pennsylvania, a town with “good souls” but few options. There were three ways a woman could go: nurse, teacher, or wife. Men were athletes, or they ended up on welfare or in jail. Nobody went to college. “There was nothing to aspire to and no one to show you the way,” she says. “My brothers and I were the few who went out into the world and didn’t go back there.”

Moses left home at age 19 to marry Montana and move to Indiana, where she worked in the Sports Information Office at Notre Dame while her husband began his rise toward the Hall ...

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