Female Gladiators: Gender, Law, and Contact Sport in America

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University of Illinois Press, 2005 - Law - 212 pages
Female Gladiators examines the legal and social history of the right of women to participate with men in contact sports. The impetus to begin legal proceedings was the 1972 enactment of Title IX, which prohibited discrimination in educational settings, but it was the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution and the equal rights amendments of state constitutions that ultimately opened doors. Despite court rulings, however, many in American society resisted--and continue to resist--allowing girls in dugouts and other spaces traditionally defined as male territories. When the leagues continued to bar girls simply because they were not boys, the girls went to court. Sarah K. Fields examines the legal and cultural conflicts over gender and contact sports that continue to rage today.

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Wow, I just found out that an article about me was "quoted" in this book. I am the Cyndi that is written about on pages 49 and 50. I found most of the information incorrect. As I still have a copy of the article I would think the LA Times would have an acurate copy of the information also. I would not believe the information in the rest of the book based on the misinformation the few paragraphs that I have read here.  

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Actually, the other girl who tried out in 1973 for the boys basketball team was Geraldine Witchie. I'll never forget the day. Rachel Lavin


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Sarah K. Fields, an assistant professor in Sport Humanities at The Ohio State University, was the only girl on a second-grade soccer team in St. Louis, Missouri. Contact sports continue to be a major part of her life.

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