Crashing the Old Boys' Network: The Tragedies and Triumphs of Girls and Women in Sports

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1996 - Social Science - 163 pages
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"Crashing the Old Boys' Network" is the first book to examine the intense, and sometimes hostile, debate about Title IX and its application to girls and women in all areas of athletics. The facts and figures are highlighted by spirited commentary from Billie Jean King, Donna Lopiano, Pat Summitt, Chris Berman, and many others. By using the commentary of well-known personalities and experts in a variety of relevant disciplines, this book uncovers the roots of this controversy at all levels of athletics. While many believe Title IX and gender equity to be applicable only to intercollegiate athletics, its reach touches girls in high school athletics as well. While not protected by Federal law, girls in youth sports, women in professional sports, and women in the sports media also suffer the negative effects of gender discrimination.

While detailing many personal accounts and documenting a host of legal battles, the greatest value in this book lies in the successful examples it provides. Many opponents proclaim Title IX to be a grim reaper for football and men's basketball. The author provides examples demonstrating how Title IX and gender equity can be achieved with rational, well-designed plans of action.

 

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Contents

Still Struggling
1
Calling All Dads
17
Varsity Jackets and Letter Sweaters
27
Turf Wars
45
Showtime
75
Basketball Nomads
95
The Professional Dilemma
111
The Last Male Bastion
127
Where Do We Go from Here?
147
Notes
153
Selected Bibliography
159
Index
161
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DAVID F. SALTER has been involved in athletics from tee-ball to intercollegiate football. He was a journalist for ten years and is currently Director of Public Relations for York College of Pennsylvania. His first book, "Blueprint for Success," analyzes Division 1 athletics.

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