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World Conference on Women and Sport: Message from Helsinki is about access and leadership

Friday, June 13th, 2014

By Laura Pappano The 6th IWG World Conference on Women and Sport opened yesterday in Helsinki, Finland 20 years after the first gathering in 1994 in Brighton, England produced a declaration calling on governments and sports organizations to work for gender equity. The conference message “Lead the Change, Be the Change” is a ...

Obama Bracket Challenge: Not (it turns out) for men only

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

By Laura Pappano Sports are political. This year’s March Madness tournament has made that point even more clearly than usual as President Barack Obama’s campaign announced the “Obama Bracket Challenge:” Out pick the President and your name appears on the campaign website. While initial reports suggested a catch -- that the contest only applied to ...

Men are breaking marathon records; women are building contenders

Sunday, November 6th, 2011

By Laura Pappano Lately, major marathons have become a showcase for record-breaking male performances and today’s New York City Marathon was no exception: Kenyan Geoffrey Mutai finished in 2:05:05, setting a new course record (all three top male finishers broke the record). So much men’s record-breaking has been going on, in fact, ...

Chicago Marathon: Steve Jobs changed how we race (and cheer)

Friday, October 14th, 2011

By Laura Pappano Yes, we’ve heard the exciting Chicago Marathon results. Despite the heat (78 degrees according to my iPhone) Moses Mosop set a course record (2:05:37) and Liliya Shobukhova finished in 2:18:20, making it her third straight Chicago win, and her the second-fastest woman behind Paula Radcliffe who holds the ...

Roster management = cheating. Will we ever enforce Title IX?

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

By Laura Pappano Last July when Federal District Court Judge Stefan Underhill found Quinnipiac University violated Title IX, in part, because it counted cheerleading as a varsity sport, most of the debate was about – you guessed it: Is cheerleading a sport? The decision, however, also discussed the school’s “roster management” practices ...

Hitting the wall: Why have women’s marathon times stalled?

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

By Laura Pappano Whether or not the IAAF decides to recognize as a new world record Geoffrey Mutai’s win in the Boston Marathon, crossing in 2:03:02 – 57 seconds faster than Haile Gebreselassie’s 2008 record of 2:03:59 – is, in some ways, immaterial. He was fast. He was so thrillingly fast (and ...

Join the ListFest: Make your end-of-decade nominations!

Friday, December 11th, 2009

Here is time and opportunity to reflect -- and join the conversation. In the spirit of open-mindedness and collaboration that we think is the basis of good on and off field athletic play, the FairGameNews team made the unanimous decision (in an online chat, of course) to seek your contributions ...

Acosta & Carpenter on why it’s nonsense-talk that females want male coaches, why women’s teams shouldn’t be the Lady (fill in the blank) — and more

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

By Laura Pappano and Lauren Taylor R. Vivian Acosta and Linda Jean Carpenter, professors emerita at the City University of New York's Brooklyn College and co-authors of a book on Title IX, have collected data on women’s roles on – and off – the field in college athletics since 1977.  They have ...

Stats that Matter: Counting Women’s Access to Play and Power

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

By Laura Pappano In a sports culture in which OBP, ERA, PR, SOG, QB Ratings (among others) rule the landscape, Linda Jean Carpenter and R. Vivian Acosta track stats you won't catch among box scores, but that have served a generation: Women's access to play and power in college athletics. “There isn’t ...

Promised Paper: Ticket Office Sexism (in detail)

Friday, September 11th, 2009

By Laura Pappano Last spring, an op-ed published in the Christian Science Monitor -- "The Price Gap Between Men and Women's Basketball Tickets is Madness" -- drew a slew of responses and comments, including some that were awfully hostile about the prospect of women's play being 1) worthwhile watching and 2)  ...