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Growing world women’s sport: Netball. What is netball? Find out.

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

By Lindsay Rico After speaking with Urvasi Naidoo about the sport of Netball, only one thing occurred to me: Lebron James could never play this game. Naidoo is the CEO of the IFNA , International Federation of Netball Association, (check out her blog here) and gave me the rundown on Netball ...

Score that a (giant) strike: Kelly Kulick grabs men’s pro bowling title (plus $40,000, brand new fans, and a win for gender equity)

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

By Laura Pappano Last weekend – in case you haven’t heard – Kelly Kulick became the first woman to win a Professional Bowlers Association Tour Title. And she didn’t just win, she blew away her opponent. At the 45th P.B.A. Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas, Kulick beat 2007-2008 PBA Player-of-the-year ...

Childbirth a barrier? Not when five of six top NYC Marathon winners are moms

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

By Laura Pappano It has become a provocative theme: Marathons and motherhood. Five of the top six women to cross the finish line in the 2009 ING New York City Marathon are moms. 1.    Winner Derartu Tulu, 37, of Ethiopia – an two time Olympic gold medalist at 10,000 meters in 1992 ...

Baby blue for prostate cancer awareness?

Monday, October 5th, 2009

By Lauren Taylor Pink is nice, but how about baby blue? If the NFL wants to leverage the resources of Monday Night Football (and Sunday day and night football, too) on a public health issue -- and do it in a gender-coded manner -- how about a prostate cancer campaign? Why not speckle ...

Retired Supreme Court Justice: Watch out for the “new feminism”

Monday, June 8th, 2009

By Laura Pappano Please – let’s not blame our bodies. The nomination to the Supreme Court of Justice Sonia Sotomayor has, of course, spurred debate about how women – by dint of their sex -- judge, act, and rule. (We hear females lawyers prefer to mediate rather than litigate, for example, suggesting ...

Beyond bitch, bunny, or mom: Art intervention challenges (oh-so-tired) pop images

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

By Laura Pappano Of course being hot helps. Good-looking athletes get our attention, whether we’re talking Danica Patrick or Tom Brady. It doesn’t make them any better on the racetrack or the football field, but it does attract fans and sponsors. I get that. But there’s trouble when we consider the broader implications ...

Jeanne Blasberg, chair of US Squash, on growing the women’s game, courting the post-college crowd, and amping up your game as you age (seriously)

Monday, May 4th, 2009

By Sarah Odell [caption id="attachment_66" align="aligncenter" width="407" caption="US Squash board chair Jeanne Blasberg"][/caption] Jeanne Blasberg is Board Chair, of U.S. Squash and plays at state and national levels. Recently, she has been kind enough to teach my friend Ashley and I the game of doubles squash, which is all together different from ...

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 ...