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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 ...

Supreme Court Nominee Scandal! But, then, who hasn’t played softball (and been photographed doing it)?

Friday, May 14th, 2010

By Laura Pappano As long as we're sharing old softball photos, here's one of me playing at Yale in 1985. Q: What does it tell you? A: Probably not much (except that I’m a righty and played 1B). The firestorm over the photo of Elena Kagan playing softball may – or may not – ...

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 ...

Why is Childbirth the Athlete’s Bogeywoman?

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

By Laura Pappano By the time Kim Clijsters charged toward the net to hit a final, overhead smash against Caroline Wozniacki and claim the 2009 US Open championship (7-5, 6-3), I was wondering if I really should be thinking so much about her uterus. Sure, as a mother of three who plays ...

Coaches: Understand Why They Play

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

By Lauren Taylor When I take a moment to think critically about sports -- and youth sports in particular – it seems bizarre to consider how passionate we all are. In concrete terms, after all, the grass field has no meaning without us on it. The rules of the game are ...

Northwestern Women’s LAX: Let Us Count The Ways In Which They Dominate

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

By Lauren Taylor Let’s get it out up front: No other team has put out a strong enough showing during the NCAA DI Tournament (or season) to make me doubt that the “purple haze” we’ve fallen into won’t continue. I’d like to see another team besides Northwestern come out on top, (better ...

LAX Playoffs: What to Look for in This Weekend’s Matchups

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

By Lauren Taylor Round one of the women’s NCAA Division 1 lacrosse tournament offered zero upsets, but expect excitement this weekend when top teams meet in the quarterfinals (championships next weekend at Towson University in Maryland). This is college sports -- and anything can happen. Breaking it down: Number one seed Northwestern ...