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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 ...

False fret: No proof female HS X-country runners can’t go .62 more

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

By Vanessa Wilkins “Go the extra mile -- it’s never crowded,” so the saying goes. But what about an extra .62 of a mile? For thousands of girls on high school cross country teams, racing to the finish means running a course 1,000 meters shorter than their male counterparts.  In 2012, ESPN ...

The SI swimsuit challenge: What’s a mom to do?

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

     By Katie Culver There is not a lot of media coverage of female athletes, but when there is I like my daughter, who is five years old, to see it. I try to records as many women's sporting events as I can for her to watch. Recently, we were watching the U.S. ...

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 ...

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 ...

There’s a Double Edge to espnW (but why it could help)

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

By Laura Pappano The debate is well underway about whether or not espnW is good or bad. Its just the sort of fun that – if Mike & Mike (heck, any sports talk guys) were to notice – might make for one of their classic on-air sets. The back and forth might ...

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, ...

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 ...

Battle of the sexies: Can goofy (but funny) TV score one for women?

Monday, January 11th, 2010

By Lauren Taylor It's become standard: we listen and watch as men objectify women -- and women play into it. We've got Serena naked on the cover of ESPN magazine, women pro squash players selling swimsuit calendars (and speaking of swimsuits, the SI annual issue is out next month). But for at ...

What a sport girl wants for Christmas…

Monday, December 21st, 2009

By Katie Culver 1. A legitimately equal opportunity to develop athletic skills and play sports -- from the start. This means: girls should be handed a ball (instead of a doll or toy purse) as soon as they can hold something. They should be dressed appropriately so they can run, climb, jump ...