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In The News
March 9th, 2013

Female Kicker’s NFL Flop Draws Criticism From Female Kicker

Lauren Silberman drew attention as the first female place kicker to participate in an NFL regional combine workout. She drew even more attention when her two kicks went about 15 yards each. Bill looks at Silberman’s effort and gets reaction from fellow kicker Katie Hnida.

Feature
January 26th, 2013
By Eilís O’Neill

Argentine Women Seek Equality On The Pitch

In Argentina, boys are given soccer balls on their first birthdays and men play the game with their friends after work. But women are generally excluded from the fun, and women’s soccer is never shown on television. In Buenos Aires, Eilís O’Neill met up with some women who’ve decided it’s time for things to change.

Commentary
January 16th, 2013

Women’s Soccer Hopes Third Time’s The Charm

The National Women’s Soccer League has announced the allocation of the national team players to the eight teams scheduled to begin play in the spring. Bill Littlefield rooted for the league’s two predecessors, and he’s trying to figure out how he should feel about the next incarnation of the women’s pro game.

Interview
July 7th, 2012

Women Take On Tour de France Course

Six amateur women are currently riding the entire route of the 2012 Tour de France and will reach the Champs-Elysees one day ahead of the official racers. Bill Littlefield speaks with Kate Powlison about why she’s tackling nearly 2173 long and hilly miles.

In Depth
June 30th, 2012

A Grunt By Any Other Name…

Women’s tennis has a noise pollution problem. The players’ grunts have been criticized, and the WTA is trying to change the rules to cut down on extraneous noises. Bill Littlefield and Karen Given tackle the issue.

Commentary
June 23rd, 2012

Title IX: If Fairness Is The Goal

With all the strides made towards gender equality, there are still many ways in which female athletes aren’t getting a fair shake. Bill Littlefield examines the problems that still plague women’s sports, 40 years after Title IX.

Interview
June 23rd, 2012

Title IX’s Impact On Men’s Sports

The fact that Title IX has increased opportunities for women in sports is undeniable, but has the law resulted in fewer opportunities for men? Bill Littlefield speaks with Eric Pearson, chairman of the American Sports Council and ESPN The Magazine senior writer Peter Keating.

Interview
June 23rd, 2012

Jackie Joyner-Kersee Still Blazes Trails

Jackie Joyner-Kersee is one of the greatest female athletes of all time, winning six Olympic medals in track and field, but her accomplishments wouldn’t have happened without Title IX. She joins Bill Littlefield to talk about that and more.

In Depth
June 23rd, 2012

Concussion Crisis Hits Female Athletes

The unprecedented surge of soccer-playing girls has revealed an unexpected statistic: In sports where boys and girls play by the same rules, like basketball and soccer, girls are more likely than boys to become concussed. What do the numbers mean? For that, we turn to Only a Game’s Karen Given.

In Depth
June 23rd, 2012

Brown University: Revisiting The Case For Title IX

In 1992, female athletes at Brown University sued the school for a failure to comply with Title IX. Twenty years later, Bill Littlefield revisits the case and examines its aftermath.

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