For College of Charleston equestrian head coach Natasha V. McCarthy, hard work and horses is all she’s ever known.

As the Year of Women, CofC’s year-long celebration marking the centennial anniversary of the first admission of female students to the College in 1918, comes to a close this month, we highlight eight trailblazing alumnae who have made a difference from the Lowcountry to the stars above and everywhere in between.

College of Charleston Athletics Year of Women Coach Series: Linda Kalafatis

College of Charleston Head Softball Coach Linda Kalafatis is in her 30th season as a collegiate head coach and has contributed greatly to the tremendous growth of the game.


College of Charleston public health professor Leslie Hart ’03 (M.E.S) researches how personal care products expose both students and dolphins to a chemical associated with reproductive problems.

Before coming to the College, Cecilia McGuinn attended the Charleston County School of the Arts, where she was chosen to play as a violinist with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. She is currently a member of a touring band, Logan & the Kidders, whose recently recorded album will be released soon.

The College is celebrating the 2018-2019 academic year as the “Year of Women.” Throughout the year, the College will host a series of events, speakers, seminars and more to commemorate this anniversary. The events are designed to encourage dialogue about the admission and history of women students at the College, including black women’s admission nearly 50 years after white women, and to highlight their many contributions over the last 100 years.