Women and Sports in the United States A Documentary Reader

ISBN-10: 1555536719

ISBN-13: 9781555536718

Edition: 2007

Authors: Susan K. Cahn, Jean O'Reilly

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A spectacular transformation in women's sports has occurred over the past century in colleges, high schools, and recreational leagues across the nation. Gradual changes during the late 1950s and 1960s within the fields of women's physical education and amateur sport provided the initial energy for this transformation. But it took the rebirth of a grassroots feminist movement in the late 1960s and 1970s to catalyze the radical changes in women's athletic opportunities and attitudes toward female athletes. The assimilation of feminist principles into the broader popular culture solidified the belief that sport plays a positive role in the lives of girls and women. Political activists for women's rights codified this attitude with the passage of Title IX of the 1972 Federal Education Amendments, a law banning gender discrimination in educational settings, thus guaranteeing women's legal right to an equitable share of athletic opportunities and resources. Though the sea change in American women's sports is evident in schools, the media, and local playing fields, scholars are still in the early stages of fully examining the causes and impacts of this historic change. Women and Sports in the United States brings together scholarly articles, journalism, political and legal documents, and first-person accounts that collectively explore women's sports in America, with emphasis on the post-Title IX era. This book was published with the generous support of the Center for the Study of Sport in Society at Northeastern University.
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List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University Press of New England
Publication date: 2/28/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 406
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.474
Language: English

Susan K. Cahn is Professor of History at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York.

JEAN O'REILLY holds a Ph.D. in English and American Studies from the University of East Anglia in England. She teaches courses on women's sports films at the University of Connecticut. SUSAN K. CAHN, Associate Professor of History at the State University of New York at Buffalo, is the author of the award-winning Coming on Strong: Gender and Sexuality in Twentieth-Century Women's Sports (1994) and is widely recognized as one of the top scholars of women's sports history.

Timeline: 125 Years of U.S. Women in Sports
Pioneering Women in Sport
Olympic Women: A Struggle for Recognition
How I Learned to Ride the Bicycle
The World-Beating Viking Girl of Texas
Playing Nice: Politics and Apologies in Women's Sports
Riggs Butchered by Ms. King as Promoters Score a Million
"Mia" Culpa: The All-Too Quiet Retirement of Mia Hamm
Negotiating Masculinity and Femininity: The Female Athlete as Oxymoron
The Significance of Basket Ball for Women
Are Athletics Making Girls Masculine?: A Practical Answer to a Question Every Girl Asks
All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Rules of Conduct, 1943-1954
The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
Psychosocial Impacts of Athletic Participation on American Women: Facts and Fables
Throwing Like a Girl
Living the Paradox: Female Athletes Negotiate Femininity and Muscularity
Competing Bodies: Physiological, Biological, and Psychological Issues
Chromosome Count
Closing the Muscle Gap
Understanding the Female Athlete Triad
Women and ACL Injuries: Taking the Bad News with the Good
Catastrophic Injuries in Female Athletes: Cheerleading Leads the List
Women, Disability, and Sport and Physical Fitness Activity: The InterSection of Gender and Disability Dynamics
Anabolic Steroids: The Gremlins of Sport
Eating Disorders and Gymnastics
The Silence of Great Distance: Women Running Long
Coming Home
Stronger Women
Building Inequality into Sport: Institutionalized Bias
Structural Constraints Facing Women in Sport
Half-Court Basketball: Power and Sex
"I Can See the Finish Line"
Courting Destiny
The Cold Wars: Inside the Secret World of Figure Skating
Rooting for Michelle: Finding Contradictions at the Winter Olympics
Breaking Cultural Traditions: Culture, Family Play Role in Sports for Latina Girls
On the Rez
Sexuality and Sport
Changing the Game: Homophobia, Sexism, and Lesbians in Sport
Homophobia Alleged in University of Florida Softball
Less Ugly
Sex, Lies, and Volleyball
In the Buff: Female Athletes Take It All Off
A New Image Exposed
The Feminine Image in Sports and Sports Media
Separating the Men from the Girls: The Gendered Language of Televised Sports
Sport and Society Broadcast for Friday, August 16, 1996
The Women's Sports Film as the New Melodrama
It's Time to Tell the Bloody Truth
Bloodsport: Woman's First Pro Fight Is Her Last
Offensive Interference
Law and Equity: Title IX and Its Aftermath
Title IX, Education Amendments of 1972: Title 20 U.S.C. Sections 1681-1688
U.S. Department of Labor
Title IX Media Helper
Women's Sports Foundation
Brown University Agrees to Guarantee Participation Rates for Women Athletes and Funding for Contested Women's Teams
Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
Title IX at 30: Report Card on Gender Equity
Athletics, C+
The National Coalition for Women and Girls in Education
A Train Wreck Called Title IX
In the Spirit of Title IX
Title IX
The Good News, the Bad News
California Women's Law Center
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