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Title IX: 40 years and three generations chart the change

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

By Laura Pappano For those of us who think and write about gender and sport, Title IX never seems adequately enforced, to go far enough, or to be effective enough in addressing the inequities in our culture around sport. And -- still! -- it's often under fire, forcing us to ardently ...

Before Title IX, working the concession stand was a sport

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

By JoAnne Pappano Title IX passed in 1972 when I was 27. I remember thinking, “This is a good thing because I have three daughters.” I graduated from Cleveland Heights High School in 1962 and it was a much different time. It was a boy’s world. Girls my age felt that the ...

Title IX pushes back at limits imposed “because you’re a girl.”

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

By Laura Pappano When Title IX became law in June 1972, I was 10 and unaware of what it was or would do. I had discovered that being a girl could be limiting. My father, a volunteer Little League coach, honed my baseball skills in the backyard but wouldn’t let me join ...

Title IX legacy for my generation: Run for joy without judgment

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

By Olivia Lynch Title IX was designed to give women the resources and opportunities to prove their abilities on and off the field. However, strangely enough, what I most appreciate about Title IX (as it relates to sports) is the way in which it has catalyzed the creation of an athletic environment in which ...

Third Generation of Title IX: I have always felt qualified to compete

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

By Molly Lynch Title IX has always existed for me, and sports have always been part of my life. In kindergarten, I played YMCA soccer. By third grade, I was on my town’s travel team. Throughout elementary school, we played “girls vs. boys” soccer at recess (and we usually won). In middle ...

A little playground help: Why can’t girls and boys play together?

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

By Katie Culver Have you been to recess lately? It just so happens that I have. Recently, I volunteered for recess duty at my son’s school. (He’s in first grade.) There is plenty to say about recess – including that at many schools there is simply not enough of it. Some low-performing schools ...

The SI swimsuit challenge: What’s a mom to do?

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

     By Katie Culver There is not a lot of media coverage of female athletes, but when there is I like my daughter, who is five years old, to see it. I try to records as many women's sporting events as I can for her to watch. Recently, we were watching the U.S. ...

The quiet problem: Less attention, poor schedules for women’s play

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

                      By Laura Pappano This is a year of Title IX anniversary celebrations – it became law in 1972 – but even as conferences are convened (I was part of a terrific panel at Wellesley College on Monday), let’s not get weepy. It was not as if a switch flipped and everything changed. There ...

Culinary Institute of America: Yes, they have intercollegiate sports and yes, the basketball team is co-ed (Q&A with Mackenzie Anderson)

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

                  By Ashleigh Sargent In between soufflé and sauce instruction, there's time for athletics. Yes, they do more than cook at the Culinary Institute of America. Since 2004, they've played intercollegiate sports (though no scholarship athletes here). And, unlike most college basketball teams, the CIA Steels are co-ed, thanks to the addition ...

Four thing we learned in 2011 (that are worth remembering in 2012)

Sunday, January 1st, 2012

By Laura Pappano SOMETIMES YOU LOSE – AND IT’S OK. The Women’s World Cup championship game between the U.S. and Japan honored the rise and intensity of women’s soccer. The back story was compelling: The U.S. Team’s dramatic run-up with Abby Wambach’s YouTube-play-it-again (and again) headers versus the determination of a ...