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World Conference on Women and Sport: Message from Helsinki is about access and leadership

Friday, June 13th, 2014

By Laura Pappano The 6th IWG World Conference on Women and Sport opened yesterday in Helsinki, Finland 20 years after the first gathering in 1994 in Brighton, England produced a declaration calling on governments and sports organizations to work for gender equity. The conference message “Lead the Change, Be the Change” is a ...

Five events, five athletes moving the chains 2000-2010

Monday, December 27th, 2010

By Rachael Goldenberg OK, 2000-2010 is 11 years but rather than quibble with the definition of a decade, let’s consider the strides female athletes have made.  The first years of this new century have pushed at barriers. Female athletes have challenged conventional beliefs – beliefs about what they are capable of achieving ...

The quest for 89 victories is not just for UConn. It matters to all of us.

Monday, December 6th, 2010

By Laura Pappano The countdown started long ago. Most fans know that if the UConn Women’s Basketball team continues its unbeaten run that on Dec. 21 the team will surpass the 88-game winning streak set by John Wooden’s UCLA teams of the early 1970s. As the date nears, the question becomes pointed: Who ...

There’s a Double Edge to espnW (but why it could help)

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

By Laura Pappano The debate is well underway about whether or not espnW is good or bad. Its just the sort of fun that – if Mike & Mike (heck, any sports talk guys) were to notice – might make for one of their classic on-air sets. The back and forth might ...

Six troubled trends in women’s sports (and what we can do)

Monday, December 28th, 2009

By FGN contributors Ignoring athletic development of girls. What’s wrong: Sports is the language of power and self-efficacy (a particularly urgent matter in places where females face violence and lack equal rights). Failure to encourage girls – whether in Texas or Bangladesh or on the preschool play lot – to learn ...

Stats that Matter: Counting Women’s Access to Play and Power

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

By Laura Pappano In a sports culture in which OBP, ERA, PR, SOG, QB Ratings (among others) rule the landscape, Linda Jean Carpenter and R. Vivian Acosta track stats you won't catch among box scores, but that have served a generation: Women's access to play and power in college athletics. “There isn’t ...

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 ...

The real “hurt girls” problem? Wounded warrior culture that says “play through it.”

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

By Sarah Odell If women play sports, they will get hurt. This is a seemingly innocuous statement, but it’s one that draws strong reactions because it derives many connotations and reactions, especially given the number of high profile articles and books published recently regarding the injury rates of females in sport. ...