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Sports for girls are more than play in Bangladesh, they’re tool for progress (even survival)

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Girls playing handball in Bangladesh By Laura Pappano Sport is a tool for social, political and economic equality. In Bangladesh -- where girls face routine physical violence, child marriage, and are denied the same access to education as boys -- that couldn’t be more critical. Consider that the country’s ...

Where are the moms? Why daughters need them coaching youth sports.

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

By Emilie Liebhoff It bugs me. I drive by the fields in my town – and I only see men coaching the soccer teams.  Don’t get me wrong. It’s wonderful when dads share quality time with their daughters and sons. But where are the moms? Even in the backyard, it’s dad shooting ...

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 ...

What Women’s Professional Soccer Can Learn from NASCAR: Love The Fans You’ve Got

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

By Laura Pappano Let’s get over the woe-is-us tone that shrouds women’s professional soccer. Yesterday’s NY Times story captured the uncertainty league bigwigs feel around the (admittedly) very challenging task of filling soccer stadiums, and getting enough sponsor and ad dollars to give WPS staying power – and in a recession. What’s ...

Getting Urban Girls into the Game: Dance First?

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

By Lauren Taylor It is the quiet story behind the high-profile victories of women’s athletics:  After thirty years of Title IX, after the superstardom of Mia Hamm, Michelle Wie, and Venus Williams, even after the advocacy of groups like the Women’s Sports Foundation, girls – especially in urban communities – are ...

Mackenzie Brown Tells How She Got So Good, Why Girls Who Love Baseball Should Ignore Critics — and What She Was Thinking When She Threw Out the First Pitch at a Mets Game

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

On April 21, Bayone, N.J. Little Leaguer Mackenzie Brown pitched a perfect game, retiring all 18 boys who got up to bat; she was invited to throw out the first pitch a Met's game a few days later. By Mackenzie Brown I started playing baseball for the Cal Ripken League in Bayonne ...

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 ...