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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 ...

Women’s College World Series 2011: All about the HR. Two college players talk college ball.

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

    Former college player Megan Wood and current college player Rachael Goldenberg discuss the Women's College World Series. By Megan Wood and Rachael Goldenberg Megan: First off, can we please talk about the gender performance of the players? Rachael: Make-up, and bows and jewels, oh my! If you interested in reading more about Megan's views ...

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 ...

Why are men running the show in women’s fastpitch softball?

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

By Megan Wood I’ve played softball for 15 years, and for nearly my entire career I have been coached by men. Sure, a few female pitching coaches helped on the side, but T-ball through high school, all of my head and assistant coaches were guys. Even when I reflected on the umpires, ...

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 ...

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 ...