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Marathon Olympic challenge: More female athletes, but fewer events

Friday, July 27th, 2012

  By Laura Pappano In 1963, a Sports Illustrated story headlined, “Why Can’t We Beat This Girl?” got at one tender aspect of the Cold War conflict: U.S. Olympic medal counts suffered in comparison to the Soviets because American women, we learned, “will not even try.” No need to worry about that now. This ...

Title IX: 40 years and three generations chart the change

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

By Laura Pappano For those of us who think and write about gender and sport, Title IX never seems adequately enforced, to go far enough, or to be effective enough in addressing the inequities in our culture around sport. And -- still! -- it's often under fire, forcing us to ardently ...

Before Title IX, working the concession stand was a sport

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

By JoAnne Pappano Title IX passed in 1972 when I was 27. I remember thinking, “This is a good thing because I have three daughters.” I graduated from Cleveland Heights High School in 1962 and it was a much different time. It was a boy’s world. Girls my age felt that the ...

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 ...

Title IX legacy for my generation: Run for joy without judgment

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

By Olivia Lynch Title IX was designed to give women the resources and opportunities to prove their abilities on and off the field. However, strangely enough, what I most appreciate about Title IX (as it relates to sports) is the way in which it has catalyzed the creation of an athletic environment in which ...

Third Generation of Title IX: I have always felt qualified to compete

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

By Molly Lynch Title IX has always existed for me, and sports have always been part of my life. In kindergarten, I played YMCA soccer. By third grade, I was on my town’s travel team. Throughout elementary school, we played “girls vs. boys” soccer at recess (and we usually won). In middle ...

Does Sexy Mean Selling Out?

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

By Laura Pappano On The Issues Magazine has just published a special edition focusing on the 40th Anniversary of Title IX. If I've learned one thing from FairGameNews it's that the matter of how female athletes use and present their bodies reliably spurs heated -- though circular and predictable -- debate. ...

The quiet problem: Less attention, poor schedules for women’s play

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

                      By Laura Pappano This is a year of Title IX anniversary celebrations – it became law in 1972 – but even as conferences are convened (I was part of a terrific panel at Wellesley College on Monday), let’s not get weepy. It was not as if a switch flipped and everything changed. There ...

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 ...

Title IX: Why can’t we all just get along?

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

By Laura Pappano Back in April, a NYTimes/CBS News poll found that – surprise! – men and women place nearly identical value on sports opportunities for girls in high school. Asked how important sports were for girls, 68% of men and 74% of women answered “very.” Asked about relative opportunities for girls ...