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Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport

Welcome to the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport blog. The Tucker Center–the first and only one of its kind in the world–is an interdisciplinary research center leading a pioneering effort to examine how sport and physical activity affect the lives of girls and women, their families, and communities.

Tucker Center Film Festival Returns in 2012
  The Tucker Center and the University of Minnesota Athletic Department are pleased to announce the return and official 2012 selections of the Tucker Center Film Festival. The festival will take place on January 30, 2012, at TCF Bank Stadium ...[Read on]
3 Concrete Actions That Can Make a Difference for Girls & Women in Sport
On November 2, 2011 we, the Tucker Center, hosted a one day conference on creating change for girls and women in sport. There was a great deal of dialogue amongst participants as to how to achieve such change. You can see the collage of pictures from our...[Read on]
Tucker Center Girls & Women in Sport Conference a Success
On November 2, 2011 over 150 participants gathered on the University of Minnesota campus to discuss current issues in girls and women and to discuss strategies of change at a conference hosted by the Tucker Center. In the 40 years since the passage of Ti...[Read on]
Refuting “Sex Sells” Women’s Sport
The Nation magazine just published a special issue on the role and impact of sport on U.S. culture. Mary Jo Kane, sport media scholar and the Director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport at the University of Minnesota, was aske...[Read on]
Call For Papers: Girls & Women in Sport & Physical Activity: Creating Change
The Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport at the University of Minnesota is hosting an exciting conference Wednesday, November 2, 2011 in Minneapolis, MN, preceding the annual meeting of the North American Society of Sport Sociology. “Gi...[Read on]
Watch the video of “The Female Athlete and Concussions”
The video of our Spring 2011 Distinguished Lecture on “The Female Athlete and Concussions” is now available online, free of charge. Featuring Mary Jo Kane, Ph.D., Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, Ph.D., Jill Brooks, Ph.D., and Aynsley Smith, Ph.D., R.N. Recen...[Read on]
Female athletes and concussion
Our Spring Distinguished Lecture Series is tomorrow, Thursday April 14, 7-9pm CST on “The Female Athlete and Concussions.“ Recent research findings in multiple academic disciplines have sparked a much-needed national conversation about the rising...[Read on]
A chance to listen: I’m not just a coach, I’m a female coach
Maya Hamilton is an Assistant Swim Coach at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. Blog written by Kinesiology graduate student Maya Hamilton. Sometimes the research on the lack of females in coaching and the issues they face seems like a broke...[Read on]
Perceptions of leadership in sport
Blog written by Kinesiology graduate student and doctoral candidate Vicki Schull The connection between sport leadership and masculinity is particularly strong given the history of sport, which is steeped in a culture of male dominance and control, and ...[Read on]
International Women’s Day: Physical Activity Equality for ALL
Blog written by Kinesiology graduate student and doctoral candidate Chelsey Thul, M.A. Today is International Women’s Day (IWD), which honors the economic, political and social achievements of women throughout the world.  According to the IWD website...[Read on]