Let Girls Play Football

by Caroline Pla, (football phenom, thanks Nancy Hogshead-Makar for her legal help getting to play at her Catholic school.)  Philly.com story...

The real March Madness: When will women’s teams get equal buzz?

By Kelly Wallace, CNN (I met Nancy Hogshead-Makar, a three-time Olympic gold medalist in swimming, during a spectacular and inspirational women’s conference last week called Generation W, where I moderated panels on issues affecting women. “This connection with sports and masculinity is a very tough nut to crack. People have been trying to crack it for a long time,” said Hogshead-Makar, who has devoted her career to the advancement of girls and women in sports. Why has coverage of women’s sports stopped post-Olympics? More than 40 years after the enactment of Title IX, a law that says that any school receiving federal funds cannot discriminate based on sex, there are still huge disparities, she said, with men getting $190 million more per year in college athletic scholarships than women. “It’s appalling what these huge differences are. Any fifth-grader can walk into your average high school or college softball baseball facility and say, ‘Duh, that’s not equal.’ “ Hogshead-Makar, who is chief executive officer of the advocacy group Champion Women, said even though Title IX requires that women get the same access to media and support that men get, it’s not happening. “The coupling of sexism and sport, having this be an exclusionary practice, is still a strong one,” said the 1984 Olympic champion. Hogshead-Makar, the former Olympic champion, told me about a case she recently learned about involving dramatically unequal facilities for the women’s softball and men’s baseball teams at a public high school in Indiana. “It tells the baseball players you’re more important,” she said. “That’s equally as unhealthy, as for a girl to hear that she’s not as important as for him to hear that he’s more important.” “When...

Mo’ne Davis’ life has been wild, crazy since LLWS

by Amy Rosewater, Special for USA TODAY Sports (“If people are really overwhelmed by what a great athlete Mo’ne is, and she is a great athlete, they are not seeing the many women out there who are also great athletes,” said Nancy Hogshead-Makar, an Olympic gold medalist swimmer and women’s sports advocate as CEO of Champion Women. “ Billie Jean King burst out of her place when she beat Bobby Riggs but she was playing just as exceptionally when she played against women. What Mo’ne did was truly extraordinary, but it’s important to recognize that women are not only valuable when they play in a men’s league.”)  USA Today story...

WiSP: Episode 4

Chris Stafford: Women in Sport Podcast  (welcome Nancy Hogshead-Makar from Champion Women as an Affiliate Partner of the Women in Sport Podcast.) WiSPmedia Podcast story...