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Takeaways from 6th World Conference on Women and Sport (yes, obesity is actually a global problem)

Monday, June 16th, 2014

By Laura Pappano During the IWG World Conference on Women and Sport one speaker joked that the formal program was what happened between coffee breaks. The observation was spot on: women sport leaders from 100 countries used coffee breaks as jam sessions. They crowded onto benches, gathered at tall tables, and clustered ...

A little playground help: Why can’t girls and boys play together?

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

By Katie Culver Have you been to recess lately? It just so happens that I have. Recently, I volunteered for recess duty at my son’s school. (He’s in first grade.) There is plenty to say about recess – including that at many schools there is simply not enough of it. Some low-performing schools ...

Think fresh: Enough Merry (girl or boy) Christmas

Monday, December 19th, 2011

By Katie Culver I work – really hard – at avoiding gender stereotypes with kids so I decided to tick through what we had lined up for Christmas this year: there was the Wii for my son and an American Girl doll for my daughter. Err – I mean, a Wii ...

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 ...

Can the NFL make pink a legit sport color?

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

By Laura Pappano I can’t wait to see what happens when I tune in to the NFL this weekend. Will we see more dropped passes? Missed routes? Hugging and giggling in the huddle? After all, the league is kicking off a month-long effort to support breast cancer awareness through its “Crucial Catch” ...

Are we dressing our girls out of sports?

Monday, September 28th, 2009

By Katie Culver At the playground the other day a girl struggled to climb up a curved ladder after my son. She was wearing sandals. Her feet kept getting tangled in her dress. Another day, a brother and sister at the park with their grandparents were swinging when the boy jumped down ...

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 ...

Boston Marathon: Many women as fast as men (in their age group)

Monday, April 20th, 2009

By Laura Pappano The lead women's pack at mile 18 of The Boston Marathon 2009 One of the most frustrating things about watching the Boston Marathon is that it’s hard to tell how fast the runners are. I’m not talking TV coverage or the delay in the Boston Athletic Association website in ...