Shrinking and Pinking: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

This time of year is always a big one for female athletes– especially with the recent popularity of NCAA basketball superstars like Brittney Griner and Skylar Diggins. While it’s so important to celebrate these victories, it’s also important to remember the ways in which we still have room to grow when it comes to female […]

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Shrinking and Pinking: Shifting Sports

New shifts in sport have been all over the news lately. Danica Patrick is the first woman to shift into the pole position (the top qualifier) at the Daytona 500. And while the International Olympic Committee’s unexpected and shocking decision to drop wrestling from the summer Games impacts more men than women, it’s telling that […]

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Shrinking and Pinking: Skirts, Skorts, and Shorts

I must admit that as a child I was known to wear skorts. I’ve never been a big shorts person, so skorts were a good compromise.  Seems like they work well for some athletes as well. Not for most female badminton players though. May brought more attention than usual to the sport of badminton after […]

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Shrinking and Pinking: Stars of the Future

This edition of Shrinking and Pinking starts with the shrinking component– though with a focus on the shrinking of athletes’ ages, not the clothes they wear. Have you heard about Baerke van der Meij? Van der Meij has become a YouTube star for his soccer skills. Based on that video the Dutch soccer club VVV-Venlo […]

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Bad*ss (Women) Athletes

After getting some feedback on my blog post on the Iowa State Wrestling Championships, I expanded it into a more complete discussion on Title IX, including a bit on boys playing on girls’ field hockey teams. Check it out on The Huffington Post. Please leave comments and share by clicking through! In related news, I […]

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Females Down for the Count

How much is a victory worth if you didn’t win? On Thursday Cassy Herkelman had to confront this question as she became the first female to “win” a match in Iowa’s state wrestling tournament for high school students.  Her opponent, Joel Northtrup, a favorite in the 112-pound weight class, defaulted rather than face a girl […]

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