Laura Pappano (FGN)

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Seeking equality on -- and off -- the field. The strong connection between organized athletics and power (political, economic, social) means sports have consequences far beyond the game. FairGameNews.com aims to challenge sex-stereotyped assumptions and practices that dominate sports -- and recognize that sports can be a tool for seeking equal treatment and fair play.

Takeaways from 6th World Conference on Women and Sport (yes, obesity is actually a global problem)
By Laura Pappano During the IWG World Conference on Women and Sport one speaker joked that the formal program was what happened between coffee breaks. The observation was spot on: women sport leaders from 100 countries used coffee breaks as jam sessions...[Read on]
Mariam Al Omaira talks barriers and strides for UAE women’s sports
  By Laura Pappano If you are a girl in the United Arab Emirates the opportunity to play a sport, to compete, to be part of team faces barriers – but the situation is improving, says Mariam Al Omaira of the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports...[Read on]
World Conference on Women and Sport: Message from Helsinki is about access and leadership
By Laura Pappano The 6th IWG World Conference on Women and Sport opened yesterday in Helsinki, Finland 20 years after the first gathering in 1994 in Brighton, England produced a declaration calling on governments and sports organizations to work for...[Read on]
It IS March Madness: Still a Shadow Championship
By Laura Pappano Get ready: For the next few weeks college basketball will be everywhere you turn. Unfortunately, few of the games that will be playing non-stop on screens will feature women’s teams. Yes, women are playing — just not where y...[Read on]
If co-ed youth sport is a Pandora’s Box, then Game On
    By Laura Pappano Much of the modern life has evolved — and at breakneck pace — but too many adults in positions of power continue to enforce a maddeningly old-fashioned mindset when it comes to young female athletes and co-e...[Read on]
Amnesia Bowl: FSU and Winston Catch a Pass, Send Troubling Message on Campus Sexual Violence
By Megan Wood  Bowl season is underway and, with it, a surfeit of TV football coverage leading up to the BCS Championship game on Jan. 6 between #1 ranked Florida State and #2 Auburn.  In it’s giddiness over the nation’s #1 ranking...[Read on]
Prize money problem in squash: Women’s purses still petite
Tennis may have long ago recognized that unequal prize money sends a troubling message (and is just wrong), but that other racquet sport — squash — persists in offering different purses based on sex. Check out this new post from Squa...[Read on]
Thai women grab volleyball title; find focus on their looks
By Mariah Philips The elation of a surprise victory is universal – and infectious. The emotion is so powerful that it doesn’t matter where in the world you are, what team it is – or the sex of the players. Everyone loves a come-from-b...[Read on]
Battle of the Sexes Puzzler: Throw the match to pay a debt? If Riggs had won, he would have gotten $100K in prize money
By Laura Pappano Exactly 40 years ago, over 30,000 spectators filled the Houston Astrodome and 50 million more tuned in on TV to watch “The Battle of the Sexes.” Billie Jean King, a 29-year-old who would be #1 in the world for five years (wi...[Read on]
Start of football, soccer = Concussion Season
By Katie Culver For many, the start of football and soccer season evokes the excitement of uniforms, new teammates, practices, and games. But doctors and parents endure another sort of anticipation: The arrival of Concussion Season. Concussions happen i...[Read on]