Christine Brennan and Sally Jenkins Put the Ryan Lochte Scandal Into Perspective (In the News)

August 22, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change


Some of the best commentary on this sorry episode — the behavior of our swimmers from the United States, led by Ryan Lochte, who apparently lied about an encounter with security guards at a gas station — has come from two women who have been covering major sports for decades: Christine Brennan of USA Today and Sally Jenkins of The Washington Post.

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Women Athletes — and What They Wear?

August 19, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

Over the course of the past two weeks at the Olympic Games in Rio, the division in the way our global media culture reports on men and women athletes has received both praise and critique. When it comes to what our women champions are wearing, aka Olympic Fashion, as they compete, the divide cannot be any clearer.

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Cyclist Kristin Armstrong Shows She’s Not Too Old for Olympic Gold (In the News)

August 11, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

“You can set a goal and you can go accomplish anything you want. It doesn’t matter your age; it doesn’t matter where you’re from.”

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The Wednesday Five: Champion Women

August 10, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change


This week, as we continue to celebrate the global trailblazing women making and breaking records at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, we’ve curated five groundbreaking TED Talks by women in sports, or as we like to call them, Champion Women. Their shared grit and determination as long-distance swimmers, tennis icons, paralympic record breakers, marathon builders for peace, and pro snowboarders, are sure to motivate and inspire.

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At 52, Equestrian Beezie Madden Is Competing in Her 4th Olympics (In the News)

August 4, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

The oldest woman on Team USA has been riding horses since she was 4 years old.

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Pat Summitt: Coach Who Made a Difference in Many Ways

June 28, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

Her impact on individuals was so significant that when word came recently of her rapidly failing health, friends and former players gathered in Knoxville, Tenn., to be by her side and the hashtag #PrayForPat was trending on Twitter.

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That’s Why the Lady Is an Ump

October 3, 2015 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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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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