Caitlyn Jenner’s ESPY Speech Provides a Lesson in Acceptance

July 17, 2015 by Pat Kinney


By Pat Kinney

The acceptance speech by Caitlyn Jenner, the transgender woman who most of us first came to know as Olympic decathlon champion Bruce Jenner, will be remembered for what she taught us about being different.

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At 40, Christie Rampone is Oldest Women’s Soccer Player in a World Cup Final

July 6, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change


Last month, at age 39, Christie Rampone became the oldest player to appear in a World Cup game, when the United States defeated Nigeria, 1-0. She had her 40th birthday on June 24 and became the oldest women’s soccer player to ever appear in a World Cup final.

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Diana Nyad: A Force of Nature

September 5, 2013 by Emily Kelting


By Emily Kelting

One small stumble into the sand for Diana was like one giant leap for female athletes of any age who dare to dream big and work relentlessly toward a goal.

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Derby Day: Rosie Runs For The Roses

May 4, 2013 by Patricia Allen


By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

The Kentucky Derby is always the first Saturday of May. I know it is a horse race, but today I was only interested in the filly from New Jersey named Rosie. That would be Rosie Napravnik, the only female jockey in today’s race.

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The Sporting Life, Then and Now

November 13, 2012 by Emily Kelting

As a child and a young woman I’d competed in individual sports: tennis, ice skating, triathlons. At age 40 I joined the New Canaan Mother Puckers, a women’s ice hockey team. I knew I’d never be a star, but I loved being part of a team, knowing that the victories could be shared and the defeats wouldn’t fall squarely on my shoulders alone.

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First Ladies of the Olympics

July 19, 2012 by Women's Voices For Change

While we wait to see which women will make and break records in this year’s London Games, we take a look back at five First Ladies of the Olympics—groundbreaking women who made incredible firsts for women, for their sport, and for their countries.

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The Lure of Falconry (Part Two)

June 26, 2012 by Mary Ellen Rooney

At the Second International Festival of Falconry in Berkshire, England, local attendees mixed with falconers in native dress. There were Arabian horses, exotic hunting dogs such as Salukis, British gentlemen with walking sticks, and enthusiastic children. Tents were set up for visiting falconers from exotic locales.

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Video Pick: How Title IX Impacted the 20th Century’s Greatest Female Athlete

June 23, 2012 by Women's Voices For Change

Back in the bad old days, as Perry Barber’s post on Title IX notes, girls and women were assumed to be too frail for (or uninterested in) strenuous sports. Long-distance running? “Very questionable . . . an arduous sport would give you big legs, a mustache, hair on your chest, and your uterus would fall out,” Kathrine Switzer, who dared to enter the all-male Boston Marathon in 1969, declares scornfully.

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The Lure of Falconry

May 22, 2012 by Mary Ellen Rooney

He sits his horse naturally, easily, in what by now I know is a wooden saddle atop the colorful Kyrgyz-designed felt blanket. As he nears, I note that he carries something on his left arm; it is a huge bird that eventually he releases. I will be able to call up this image indelibly clear, like a fresh etching, evermore.

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The Day after The Derby- I’ll Have Another

May 6, 2012 by Laura Baudo Sillerman

By Laura Baudo Sillerman

In the face of what is wrong with thoroughbred racing, the sight of a long shot– ridden by a rookie, named for a ritual between husband and wife– closing in on and beating a hands-down favorite was a beautiful thing to see.

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That’s Why the Lady Is an Ump

May 1, 2012 by Deborah Harkins

By Deborah Harkins

Perry Barber has called more baseball games during her 32-year career than any other woman umpire, and more than a lot of men, too. She means to continue umping as long as her strength and her legs hold up—and goddess help any bureaucrat who tries to keep her out of the game.

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After a Cruel Diagnosis, Pat Summitt Teaches Another Lesson in How to Live

August 27, 2011 by Carla Baranauckas

By Carla Baranauckas

Now, when she should be riding high on the joy of seeing what she has built, Coach Pat Summitt has received a diagnosis of early onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type.

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The Dream Lives On for Diana Nyad (Video)

August 18, 2011 by Carla Baranauckas

By Carla Baranauckas

The marathon swimmer Diana Nyad may have ended her swim feeling she still had something to prove. But to most of us, she has already proved more than enough.

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Video Newsflash: Halfway Home, Diana Nyad Bows to Winds

August 9, 2011 by Women's Voices For Change

Her Twitter feed said: “It’s over. the combination of factors was too much to safely continue.” We’ll update this later, with more commentary from Nyad — meanwhile, let’s salute the 61-year-old who has nonetheless demonstrated what we can do.

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Diana Nyad Takes the Plunge in Marathon Swim Attempt

August 8, 2011 by Women's Voices For Change

At age 61, the marathon swimmer sets out to establish a record for open-water swimming.

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