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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 ...

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, ...

Little League World Series broadcasts inequality

Saturday, August 20th, 2011

By Laura Pappano If it’s late August, it must be Little League World Series time – and our annual reminder of why Title IX is needed, but not enough. The disparities in treatment, support, and attention for male and female athletes begins early, and nowhere is it more obvious than in Little ...

Women’s College World Series 2011: All about the HR. Two college players talk college ball.

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

    Former college player Megan Wood and current college player Rachael Goldenberg discuss the Women's College World Series. By Megan Wood and Rachael Goldenberg Megan: First off, can we please talk about the gender performance of the players? Rachael: Make-up, and bows and jewels, oh my! If you interested in reading more about Megan's views ...

Little League on TV: Baseball 62, Softball 3 (what should girls think?)

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

By Megan Wood Last night I caught the Little League Softball World Series semi-finals on ESPN2 -- two exciting games that will have Warner Robins, Georgia squaring off against Burbank, California in the finals tonight. Never mind that one of the games was a 1-0 win in which Warner Robins pitcher, ...

Foul call: Women’s softball cut short by darkness beside empty, lighted men’s baseball field

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

[caption id="attachment_1344" align="alignright" width="175" caption="Photo is for illustration only. Credit: Walla Walla University"][/caption] By Rachael Goldenberg Who would have thought that one call -- way back on opening day -- could determine the outcome of a collegiate softball season? Wednesday, March 17 was the start of the season for Wellesley College’s Varsity Softball ...

Supreme Court Nominee Scandal! But, then, who hasn’t played softball (and been photographed doing it)?

Friday, May 14th, 2010

By Laura Pappano As long as we're sharing old softball photos, here's one of me playing at Yale in 1985. Q: What does it tell you? A: Probably not much (except that I’m a righty and played 1B). The firestorm over the photo of Elena Kagan playing softball may – or may not – ...

Why must softball game prep include bronzer and eyeliner?

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

By Megan Wood My final college softball season starts in three weeks. Time to worry about my makeup and hair? Softball may be a serious, competitive, slide-in-the-dirt sport, but as it grows in popularity (and TV interest), there is heightened attention -- to looking good. When I tuned into the Women’s College World ...

Why are men running the show in women’s fastpitch softball?

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

By Megan Wood I’ve played softball for 15 years, and for nearly my entire career I have been coached by men. Sure, a few female pitching coaches helped on the side, but T-ball through high school, all of my head and assistant coaches were guys. Even when I reflected on the umpires, ...

Coed Softball Rules: Institutionalized Sexism

Monday, May 11th, 2009

By Laura Pappano The 2009 recreational co-ed softball season is well underway – and so are sexist practices. Why do organizers assume that female players are – by dint of being female – inferior players? Planet Social Sports -- which organizes recreational (emphasis on recreation) sports primarily in California and Nevada -- ...