Notre Dame Changes Fight Song to Include Women

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The lyrics of one of the most recognizable fight songs in all of college sports has been altered to recognize the loyal sons AND the loyal daughters of its illustrious institution.

That’s right, the University of Notre Dame has adjusted the famous line “While her loyal sons are marching / Onward to victory” to “While her loyal sons and daughters / March on to victory.”

At least officially. Unofficially, these have been the lyrics for decades.

Founded in 1842, the University of Notre Dame remained an all-male school for 130 years. It finally admitted female students in 1972, and about twenty years or so after that, people began altering the fight song to reflect the co-ed student body.

NBC news correspondent and “proud alumna” Anne Thompson shared her enthusiasm for the change on Twitter:

However, another grad thinks the move doesn’t go far enough. Someone with the Twitter handle @zoelizabethc, who claims she will matriculate from “Notre Lame” some time this year, claims that the new lyrics are too little, too late:

But then again, she also proudly associates herself with the acronyms “blm acab fbgm fmab,” so she’d likely be unhappy, no matter what anybody did.

In any case, the Fighting Irish faithful will undoubtedly “cheer, cheer for old Notre Dame,” regardless of the rest of the lyrics.


Written by Cortney Weil

Cortney Weil has a PhD in Shakespearean drama but now spends her days reading and writing about her first passion: sports. She loves God, her husband, and all things Michigan State.


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  1. As a Trojan alum I hate everything associated with ND. I also hate the “wokeing” of everything traditional that made college football what it was. That being said this seems OK to me. The words fit and they made it gender binary. It could have been a lot worse.

  2. Virtue signaling achieves nothing.

    If women want/need to be propped up, go for it. They deserve it. Female ND Alums have contributed enormously to the school and our Nation – Hannah Storm, Condoleeza Rice, Amy Coney Barrett come to mind but there are many more.

    If the university coupled this announcement with some type of seminar or conference on the importance of fatherhood I would be impressed.

    As for this, I would bet 5 paychecks the women who are excited about this graduated in the last 10 years or are fairly liberal.


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