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: Athletics in a Post-Post Title IX World

The XX(X) Olympics were an enormous success for women– especially the Americans.  If the US women had been their own country they would have placed fifth in the medal count standings.  Even more noteworthy is that 60% of the all the US’ medals came from women and 2/3rds of the American gold medal haul were […]

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A Post-Olympics Reading List (for enthusiastic fans who can’t wait for Sochi 2014)

If you’re anything like me, you and your family are facing a post-Olympics letdown. I have the perfect solution. No, not starting to play any Olympic sports. As I wrote last week, I’m more of a reader than a athlete.  I recommend you and your kids crack open the bindings of some of these recent […]

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Pint-Sized Phenoms: The Non-Olympic Edition (Music, Art, and Business)

In the past week the Olympics have brought us pint-sized phenoms like Gabby Douglas (and her hair), Missy Franklin, and Katie Ledecky.  But even in the midst of the Olympic Games it’s important to remember that pint-sized achievers come in a variety of forms. Sure, a lot of them are athletes.  Some excel in Olympic […]

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I’m an All-Around Gymnastics Fan: My events include reading, watching, commenting, and writing

I’m a big women’s gymnastics fan. Knowing I love dance, sports, and nearly all things feminine and strong, this should come as no surprise.  If you know me it’s also no surprise that while I took gymnastics as a kid I didn’t last long.  I was flexible, but I was also fearful (I would think […]

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How will the Olympics inspire girls? (from the Gates Cambridge blog, a program that has inspired me)

This blog originally appeared on the Gates Cambridge blog, A Transformative Experience, on July 29, 2012. I was a Gates Cambridge scholar at the University of Cambridge from 2002-2003. It truly was one of the most transformative experiences of my life from a personal and professional point of view. For many years after my time […]

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Shrinking and Pinking: The XX(X) Olympiad Edition

It’s finally here! This week the Summer Games begin.  I– and my DVR– are ready. While some are calling them the Title IX Olympics, I prefer  the XX(X) Olympics.  Sure it’s the first time that women (269) outnumber men (261) on the US team (hence the “Title IX” moniker [and it helps that this is […]

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The Summer of Dance (on TV)

If last summer was The Summer of the Stage Mothers, this summer is The Summer of Dance (although if you watched Oxygen’s reality show The Next Big Thing about Trapper Felides, a famous children’s performance coach in NYC, you would know the stage moms are still lingering– as are the Dance Moms on Lifetime). Actually […]

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Pint-Sized Phenoms: The “Prodigy” Edition

When I started this blog series I deliberately chose to name it “Pint-Sized PHENOMS” and not “Pint-Sized PRODIGIES.” I think the word prodigy has so many connotations and can put undue pressure on children to meet a certain standard both now and in the future.  It is only certain fields that are amenable to creating […]

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Shrinking and Pinking: Any Age, Any Size, Any Sport

So much is happening in the world of sports with the lead-up to the Summer Olympics– and female athletes have been stealing the spotlight, especially in track (so much has been written on the 100m controversy, but I have to endorse this Sports Illustrated article by Tim Layden as the absolute best I have read […]

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