Women and Sports in the United States: A Documentary Reader
Jean O'Reilly, Susan K. Cahn
UPNE, 2007 - Social Science - 377 pages
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.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Learned to Ride the Bicycle
Politics and Apologies in Womens Sports
Riggs Butchered by Ms King as Promoters Score a Million
Rules of Conduct 19431954
Throwing Like a Girl
I Can See the Finish Line
Finding Contradictions at
Homophobia Alleged in University of Florida Softball
Female Athletes Take It All Off
Sport and Society Broadcast for Friday August 16 1996
Its Time to Tell the Bloody Truth
Understanding the Female Athlete Triad
Eating Disorders and Gymnastics
Brown University Agrees to Guarantee Participation Rates
In the Spirit of Title IX
Althea Althea Gibson Amateur American Association athletic participation Babe ball baseball Billie Jean body Boston Marathon boys Butler championship cheerleading coaches compete competition court Crump culture Dallam Didrickson disabilities eating disorders female athlete triad feminine feminist football gender Gibson girls and women gymnastics Hamm heterosexual high school hockey homophobia intercollegiate International Jean Shiley Journal lesbian lesbians in sport Little League look male athletes Marathon masculine match men's Mia Hamm NCAA Olympic Games Olympic sports organization percent physical activity physical education physical fitness activity play professional race Riggs runners says Serena sexism sexual skating soccer social Softball sport and physical Sport Journal SuAnne teammates television tennis player throw tion Title Title IX tournament track and field USLTA Venus volleyball wanted woman women athletes women in sport women's sports Zimbardi