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It IS March Madness: Still a Shadow Championship

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

By Laura Pappano Get ready: For the next few weeks college basketball will be everywhere you turn. Unfortunately, few of the games that will be playing non-stop on screens will feature women's teams. Yes, women are playing -- just not where you will notice them. Every year, I get excited and whoop up ...

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 ...

Sharing the Hardwood: Mixed Sex Ball Plans Excitement and Equity

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

By Mariah Philips Professional sports have long been segregated by sex, so what happens when men and women play on the same team? In a high-profile sport like professional basketball? We are about to find out. The Mixed Gender Basketball Association, MGBA, Inc., has a mission of integrating both men and women ...

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 ...

Mortarboard moment: Sharing advice I got from Gail Marquis, Olympic superstar and Wall Street success

Friday, May 10th, 2013

By Ashleigh Sargent Gail Marquis is a powerful woman in sports, business, and volunteer foundation work.  She won a silver medal as a part of the 1976 U.S. Women’s Basketball Olympic Team and played basketball professionally in Europe, before taking her competitive drive and spirit to Wall Street where she worked ...

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 ...

Nothing doing with the net: Lowering hoops 7″ is backwards idea

Sunday, November 4th, 2012

By Ashleigh Sargent UConn Women’s Basketball Coach Geno Auriemma believes the women’s hoops should be lowered seven inches from the standard 10-foot height (or 7.2 inches for 1972 when Title IX passed). Why? He says lower rims would yield greater offensive production – more scoring -- and more fans for the women’s ...

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) ...