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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Thank you, Sylvia Pressler

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

By Laura Pappano News of Judge Sylvia Pressler’s death last week – at 75 at a family home in Sparta, NJ – drew a few paragraphs in the newspaper, but hardly attracted huge attention. And yet, as spring training gets underway and kids prepare for Little League tryouts (now a winter affair), ...

Little League World Series TV: Baseball 36; Softball 3

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

By Laura Pappano The visual is stunning. Click here to see the Little League Softball World Series championship TV schedule.  You’ll find ESPN2 (the channel broadcasting women’s college hoops unless there is a men’s game that can’t fit the ESPN or network schedule) is showing two semi-final games on Tues., Aug. 18 ...

First Woman to Coach Men’s Professional Baseball: Stop Switching Girls to Softball!

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

By Laura Pappano Justine Siegal is billed by her team, The Brockton Rox, as the first woman to coach men’s professional baseball (they play in the Canadian-American Association of Professional Baseball or Can-Am League). She is also founder of BaseBall for All, which supports female players and provides baseball instruction around ...

35 years of girls in Little League: Where are all the players?

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

By Laura Pappano In our insta-age, everything you hear about is old the second you’re in on it. But one big secret isn’t out: Girls are allowed to play baseball. (Well, kind of). It’s 35 years since President Gerald Ford signed legislation opening Little League to girls, but it remains a shocker ...