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Takeaways from 6th World Conference on Women and Sport (yes, obesity is actually a global problem)

Monday, June 16th, 2014

By Laura Pappano During the IWG World Conference on Women and Sport one speaker joked that the formal program was what happened between coffee breaks. The observation was spot on: women sport leaders from 100 countries used coffee breaks as jam sessions. They crowded onto benches, gathered at tall tables, and clustered ...

Mariam Al Omaira talks barriers and strides for UAE women’s sports

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

By Laura Pappano If you are a girl in the United Arab Emirates the opportunity to play a sport, to compete, to be part of team faces barriers – but the situation is improving, says Mariam Al Omaira of the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy in Abu Dhabi. Omaira, 28, ...

Sport practice is more than prep for play; it’s nation building!

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

By Mariah Philips It is another dark morning, 4:30 a.m., when I force my feet out of bed and onto the cold hardwood floor. It is time for softball practice and, before that, the pre-practice heating pad that will loosen up my shoulder so I can throw and bat. It takes discipline ...

If co-ed youth sport is a Pandora’s Box, then Game On

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

By Laura Pappano Much of the modern life has evolved -- and at breakneck pace -- but too many adults in positions of power continue to enforce a maddeningly old-fashioned mindset when it comes to young female athletes and co-ed play. I was recently contacted by a mom whose third grade daughter ...

False fret: No proof female HS X-country runners can’t go .62 more

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

By Vanessa Wilkins “Go the extra mile -- it’s never crowded,” so the saying goes. But what about an extra .62 of a mile? For thousands of girls on high school cross country teams, racing to the finish means running a course 1,000 meters shorter than their male counterparts.  In 2012, ESPN ...

New grad says “Lean In” lessons come with playing ball

Friday, June 21st, 2013

By Ashleigh Sargent Of course we’re all talking about Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. There’s the public conversation about the gender gap in leadership in the U.S. (and controversy about some messages in Lean In) but as a recent college graduate and a female ...

Good surprise: Final Four basketball not just for top seeds anymore

Sunday, April 7th, 2013

                    By Ashleigh Sargent and Mariah Philips What does it mean for a #5 seed team like Louisville to be in the Final Four? That favorite Baylor was out early? Women’s college basketball fans seldom get to watch a regional seed lower than #3 make it to the Final Four. Sure, on the ...

Women’s NCAA Bracket: Vote with your pen and then talk about it

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

By Laura Pappano It's March Madness and that means one thing: Time to vote with your pen, and rehearse your friendly trash-talking zingers. The brackets are not just about the games, of course, but about the culture we create around the games. They are about the notice we give to female athletes, ...

Warm-up playlist: Time to get pumped up without being put down

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

By Ashleigh Sargent and Mariah Philips Get ready, it’s game day!!!!! As you prepare mentally and physically, you want help getting into your zone. Which songs pop up on the warm-up playlist? Chances are, messages of female empowerment and gender equality are not major themes in your favorite jams. In fact, it might ...

Olympic mettle has no gender

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

By Katie Culver How can one not be inspired by the Olympics?! The 10 days of coverage I’ve watched remind me of my spirited Olympic dreams. As a young gymnast, I was rapt by Nadia Comaneci (the first perfect 10!) in 1980 and by Mary Lou Retton in 1984. Women’s soccer years ...