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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 ...

Radio talk on the coverage challenge for female athletes: Getting ink and airtime without playing the sexy card.

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

Ahead of the 2012 Olympics, a show today on blogtalkradio explores where we are on the media and female athletes -- attention, sex appeal, image, behavior. How do we get better coverage? JoAnn Kawell talks with Jane Schonberger, Ariel Dougherty, and FGN's Laura Pappano, a panel assembled from a special edition ...

Sport parent wallet check: Is money driving kid’s play life?

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

By Laura Pappano It’s often there in the background, points out journalist and author Mark Hyman: The financial cost of youth sports. It’s not just the equipment and the registration fees, the commemorative team photos, or recruiting videos, or the extra coaching, or hotel and travel costs for away tournaments, or…. You ...

Results are in: Farther 3-point line makes a (small) dent in scoring

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

By Ashleigh Sargent One foot might not seem like a major difference – unless it’s on a basketball court. And unless it’s the three-point line you’re talking about. Last year, the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel decided to move the traditional women’s three-point arc before the start of the season.  In a (literal) ...

Women and weights: Don’t hate on me because I’m strong

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

  By Mariah Philips After an hour-long 6 a.m. lift, I can feel my hands shaking, residual adrenaline pumping through my veins. Sweat trickles down the side of my temple. My muscles are limp from exhaustion.  But the most prominent thing I feel when I walk out of the weight room is pride, ...

Sizing up ND vs. BU (what won it and what the final will look like)

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

By Ashleigh Sargent and Mariah Philips Notre Dame: The Fighting Irish took down perennial powerhouse UConn in overtime to advance to the National Championship for the second year in a row.  Behind the leadership of Skylar Diggins, who finished the night with 19 points, Notre Dame forced the game into overtime ...