Long Road Up: Where is our modern starting line?
June 14, 2016
Hosted by Carole A. Oglesby, PhD
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Dr. Jaime Schultz and Dr. Maureen (Mo) Smith are two of the most noted sport historians in the United States. They each have published scholarly works from a perspective which is broad and inclusive of a variety of cultural factors impacting on girls and women's sport experiences including gender, race, injury, film and media portrayals across the past 50 years. Speaking with accessible voices, they will aid us to find our 'starting line' for the Road Up.
Women and Sport: The Long Road Up
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Women and Sport: The Long Road Up traces the pathway of women’s place in sport from the 1950s when girls and women were limited to play days, milk and cookies after “light competition,” to the impact of some of the most driven, talented, and charismatic figures who re-defined and transformed sport itself. Few people know these incredible women. Let’s make them friends of ours!
You will learn how the human spirit can overcome virtually anything if the will is present along with the talent. We can learn it is never “too late” or “too hard” to discover an inner athlete and to keep moving on our own life commitments.
We trace historical roots, examine strategies to get new women’s sports into Olympic and collegiate programs, how women overcame discrimination, bias, and hate, finding the excitement, joy and lifelong mentors and colleagues along the way and finally we speculate about what lies ahead.
Carole A. Oglesby, PhD
Carole A. Oglesby was a top level softball player from age twelve to thirty-two. She MADE three national softball championship appearances and coached collegiate teams for ten years. Carole earned doctorates in Kinesiology and Counseling in 1969 and 1999. She was the editor of Encyclopedia of Women in Sport in America and Women and Sport: From Myth to Reality, as well as author of over 50 academic and research publications. She is a recipient of the Women’s Sports Foundation Billie Jean King Contribution award, American Psychological Association Div.47 Lifetime Contribution in Public Service and AAHPERD McKinzie Award for Service Outside the Profession. She is a former President of WomenSport International and current Co-Chair of the International Working Group on Women and Sport.
Dr. Alpha Alexander
Dr. Alpha Alexander is Fitness Director at Walter State Community College and Chair of the Morristown Tenn. Diversity Committee. Alexander earned degrees at College at Wooster(Ohio) and doctorate at Temple University. She is Co-Founder and Vice President of the Black Women’s Sport Foundation. Dr. Alexander lead USA delegations to Barcelona, Atlanta and Nagano for the Olympic Youth Camps. She lead several Citizen Ambassador delegations to China, South Africa, Russia and Cuba. She has received the Billie Jean King Contribution Award (WSF), Olympic Shield (USOC) and NCAA Silver Award. Additionally, the NCAA named her in 2006 as one of the ‘100 Most Influential Student-Athletes of the Century. View Guest page
Isabel Balaguer, PhD is a Professor of Social Psychology and Head of the Research Group in Sport Psychology (http://www.uv.es/uipd/) at the University of Valencia, Spain. Her principal interests the optimal development of athletes with a focus on both personal and social dimensions of well being. Author of Entrenamiento psicológico en el deporte: Principios y aplicaciones (1994), a pioneer book in psychological training used as a textbook in numerous Spanish speaking countries. For her contributions and international collaboration, she will receive a doctor honores causa degree from Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Isabel has worked with the Spanish Tennis Federation for many years, conducting research and providing sport psychology training for young elite through professional tennis players, parents and coaches. She is the Research Lead of the international REDDECA network (www.reddeca.com), which centers on promoting quality and healthy engagement in sport. View Guest page
Pam Boteler is President of WomenCAN International and one of the most respected global voices in the fight for inclusion of and equality for women in Olympic Canoeing. She made USA Canoe/Kayak history at the 2000 U.S. National Sprint Canoe/Kayak Championships by becoming the first woman to compete in sprint (or high kneel) canoe – against the men - winning gold and bronze medals in the Intermediate classes. Her advocacy on and off the water helped spur USA Canoe/Kayak to change its bylaws in 2002 to add women only events, equal to the men. Now, with over 50 countries with women competing in both sprint and slalom canoe, women’s canoe is on the verge of Olympic inclusion in Tokyo2020. Pam continues to compete nationally and internationally in paddlesports, is a consultant with The True Athlete Project, a non-profit organization focused on leveraging sport as a powerful tool for self-mastery and positive social impact and works full-time managing a leadership program View Guest page
Dr. Toni Bruce
Dr. Toni Bruce is an Associate Professor at the University of Auckland. Having completed an MS and PhD from The University of Illinois, and a BS from the University of Otago, Dr. Bruce has an extensive research record in featuring a wide range of quantitative and qualitative methodologies including autoethnography and ethnographic fiction. Her research is grounded in feminism, interpretive interactionism and cultural studies. Some of her recent studies focused specifically on public responses to media surrounding the FIFA men’s World Cup, media coverage for the Paralympic Games, and media ‘rules of the road’ regarding females in sport. My vote for her most provocative publication is a 2000 masterpiece entitled ‘Never let the bastards see you cry’! Toni is a member of the Executive Board of WomenSport International and a Past President of the North American Society of the Sociology of Sport View Guest page
Dr Leeja Carter
Dr. Carter is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Athletic Training, Health, and Exercise Science (ATHES) and Director of PEAK: a sport, exercise, and performance facility at Long Island University-Brooklyn that provides individual and group sport, exercise, and performance (SEP) services, promotes community health and wellness through ongoing research and sport/exercise psychologically related programs, and offers the Give Program. Dr. Carter’s research foci include: 1) the social and cultural factors that contribute to health African American women’s health, 2) African American women athletes’ experiences in sport, 3) cultural competence in the field of sport and exercise psychology.
Dr. Carter’s current research and writing projects include:
• The Relationship Between Colorism and Sexism on Media Representations of Professional African American Women Athletes
• The Role of the Caregiving on Mental Health Among African American Women. View Guest page
Dr. Becky Clark
Dr. Becky Clark is Co-Founder and Co-CEO of WoBold Sports, LLC, a sports consultancy firm specializing in empowerment and leadership for girls and women with differing abilities. She is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (New York City) and a Certified Consultant for the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (CC-AASP). Dr. Clark is passionate about using sport as a vehicle to breaking barriers and building bridges among cultures globally. She served as a Sports Envoy to China to advance disability rights, inclusion and gender equality for the U.S. Department of State, and as an American Cultural Ambassador in the area of sports for the Deaf in Venezuela. For over 25 years Dr. Clark has worked with organizations, institutions and individuals from over 100 countries as a sports diplomat and consultant specializing in mental skills & performance enhancement, gender equity and inclusion, deaf and disability sports, and the use of play and physical activity for optimal well-being. View Guest page
Dr. Cheryl Cooky
Cheryl Cooky is an Associate Professor of American Studies at Purdue University. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology and a Gender Studies certificate from the University of Southern California. Cooky’s scholarship is interdisciplinary and centers on the ways gender shapes experiences, cultural meanings, and societal structures in sports. Cooky’s research has been published in Communication & Sport, Feminist Studies, the Journal of Sex Research, the American Journal of Bioethics, Sociology of Sport Journal, Sociological Perspectives, Journal of Sport and Social Issues, and in many edited books and anthologies. She is serving a 3-year term as President of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport Recognized by The Feminist Wire as a “Feminist We Love” and as a recipient of the Title IX Distinguished Service award, conferred by Purdue for her research on girls and women’s sport, Cooky demonstrates a strong commitment to the public translation of her research. She collaborat View Guest page
Joan Duda PhD, originally from USA; a Professor of Sport and Exercise Psychology at the University of Birmingham, UK, since 1999. With over 300 publications, she is one of the most cited researchers in her discipline and is internationally known for her expertise on motivational processes and determinants of adherence and optimal functioning within physical and performance-related activities. Joan is a Certified Consultant of AASP. Based on her long-standing research and applied work, Joan has created the theory- and evidence-based Empowering CoachingTM family of training programmes which are being delivered to coaches, parents and teachers in the UK and abroad. Past-President of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology she has also been a member of the executive boards of NASPSA, Division 47 of the APA, and the International Society for Sport Psychology. She is currently President-Elect of the European College of Sport Sciences (and will be the first woman to hold this office) View Guest page
Robin began her cycling career over 15 years ago after graduating from the Univ. of Tenn. with a degree in sport management. She has raced on several professional teams and is a 2011 National Road Race Champion and 2012 Olympic long team member. In 2015 she retired from racing and took the role of Director of The Happy Tooth Pro Cycling team.
When not on a bike or coaching, she oversees the Women's Cycling Association (WCA) and is a leader in the global movement for women's equality in sport and life. After several years of racing at the highest level, Robin sees the need to help women's pro cycling become a stable platform for future cyclists. Robin sits on Board of Directors, US Bicycling Hall of Fame. View Guest page
Angela is Co-Director of a Coach Education Certificate Program called LEADS. This program is an aspect of the PEAK Program operating out of Long Island University Continuing Education. The focus of LEADS is to educate coaches, parents and others concerning essential steps to development of youth leaders. Angels Hucles is chief empowerment officer of Empowerment Through Sport, a new NGO in sport development space. She is a two-time Olympian Gold Medalist for USA Soccer. She is President of the Women’s Sports Foundation and frequently covers events for FOX sports such a 2015 FIFA World Cup. View Guest page
Mary Hums, PhD
Mary A. Hums, PhD is a Professor of Sport Administration at the University of Louisville. In 2009, she was named a NASSM Earle F. Zeigler Lecturer, the organization’s most prestigious academic honor. In 2008, Hums was an Erasmus Mundus Visiting International Scholar at Katholische Universitat in Leuven, Belgium. In 2006, the USOC selected her to represent the US at the International Olympic Academy in Olympia, Greece. She has worked numerous Paralympic and Olympic Games. Hums co-authored Article 30.5 of the 2006 UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. She authored over 100 refereed journal articles and book chapters and given over 200 presentations. Her research interests are policy development in sport organizations regarding inclusion of people with disabilities and also sport and human rights. A monogram letter winner in Field Hockey at the University of Notre Dame and a 1996 inductee in the ASA Indiana Softball Hall of Fame. View Guest page
Yolanda L Jackson
Yolanda L. Jackson is Founder and CEO of Yolanda L. Jackson and Associates, Inc. a sports marketing firm specializing in athlete representation. With more than 30 year’s experience in the field and an in-depth knowledge of athletes, Yolanda has successfully cultivated and expanded strong alliances with corporate sponsors, organizations, sports industry executives and the media, to benefit her clients. Before launching her firm, Yolanda served for more than two decades with the Women’s Sports Foundation, founded by tennis legend Billie Jean King. In recognition of her extraordinary work with the athletes, Billie Jean King created an award in her honor. The Yolanda L Jackson Give Back Award is given each year to an athlete who has given back to girls participating in sports. Yolanda was recently selected to serve on the USA Olympic Synchronized Swimming Board of Directors as an Independent Director, and she is assisting them with their development efforts. View Guest page
Kim Kenny is Associate Vice President, Institutional Advancement for Mt St Mary’s University, Los Angeles, California. Holding this post since 2013, she formerly was Chief of Development and Communications for the Women’s Foundation of California (8 years) and Environmental Grantmakers Association. Additionally, she served as Program Co-ordinator for ‘Women’s Lens on Global Issues’ with the Rockefeller Brothers Foundation. Easy to see how, at a very young age, Kim was named a ‘Pioneer Women of Los Angeles’ by Mayor Eric Garcetti. She ‘boldly goes’ where few women have gone before. Kimberly is a graduate of University of California Berkeley and her diverse interests include sketch comedy and improvisation as well as yoga and running. As an historically women’s campus, MSMU has recently launched a campaign for an exemplary wellness facility, on the challenging hilly campus location above Brentwood California, for which Kim Kenny has a significant fund-raising responsibility. View Guest page
Boitumelo Kenosi, Marketing and Public Relations Manager IWG
Responsible for the development and implementation of communications, marketing and promotion strategies and plans and maximize awareness of IWG’s mandate.
for ensuring and monitoring delivery of efficient, cost effective support services including provision of information technology, marketing and communications support.
The key liaison with relevant government departments and non-governmental organizations, private companies both national and international. View Guest page
Deborah Larkin is CEO of the Women's Sports Foundation, returning to this post after a hiatus of some years during which she was working with the US Tennis Association, the President's Council on Physical Education and Sport and the Women's Law Project. Deborah is also a fierce competitor in senior USTA tournaments. View Guest page
Ernestine Miller is a women's sports historian whose passion is bringing forward to a wide audience, the rich and mostly unknown history of the subject. She believes there are unsung trailblazers in every sport, who pushed opportunity forward at a time when sport for women had limited acceptance. Today, 46 years since Title IX, while conditions have improved, Miller feels women sport is still in its infancy, but the future is more promising than ever. She is the author of Making Her Mark: First and Milestones in Women's Sports and The Sportswomen’s Daybook She is a member of SABR - Society of American Baseball Research, and organizes the annual meeting of the New York City chapter.
She is a founding member and on the national board of directors of WISE (Women in Sports and Events) the leading voice and resource for professional women in the business of sports. WISEworks.com is the website View Guest page
Game Mothibi - IWG Secretary General
Head of the IWG secretariat Responsible for management of IWG external and internal affairs Coordinates the implementation of IWG strategic plan Networks with global governmental/non- governmental agencies and organizations View Guest page
Samirya Osbourne and Heart 2 Heart Samiyra Osbourne (pseudo name: Sam Mirror) author of “A Poets Journey – Bon Voyage” and motivational speaker, serves as an active figure of empowerment in her community. Sam Mirror is the founder of Heart 2 Heart; a community program dedicated to helping girls recognize their purpose and achieve their personal and educational goals. Heart 2 Heart specializes in helping girls find their life’s purpose, and fulfill it through providing group discussions focused on positive communication, self-worth, body image, and financial literacy. View Guest page
Dr. Jaime Schultz
Dr. Schultz is Associate Professor at The Pennsylvania State University, Department of Kinesiology. In the 10 short years since the completion of her doctoral degree she has, alone or with colleagues, published 5 books, 13 refereed journal articles and won 9 awards for either her teaching or for scholarly excellence. She also has welcomed two beautiful babies into the world during this time period; productive indeed. With a B.A. in English and Spanish, M.A. in Sport Psychology and PhD in Cultural Studies in Sport, Jaime brings a ‘wide lens’ to our conversation about the roughly 1950-2000 time period. View Guest page
Speaker, Trainer, and Facilitator Tuti B. Scott is a leader and mentor for women and a catalyst for strategic philanthropic giving. An energetic speaker, trainer and thought leader, Tuti’s work inspires people and organizations to up the level of their leadership and to create and fund change within systems and cultures. Coach Tuti has been a leader bridging women’s rights, social justice philanthropy and women’s sports for three decades.
As the Chief Development Officer for the Women’s Sports Foundation for 15 years, Tuti brings insights about sports, leadership, power and money to philanthropic circles, Board rooms, and management teams. Tuti relies upon her experiences both as a team builder, an athlete and basketball coach to lead and inspire people off the court. Tuti serves as President of her own consulting firm, Imagine Philanthropy, where for eight years she and her team have worked with foundations and social sector organizations in learning and planning, team building View Guest page
Dr. Maureen (Mo) Smith
Dr. Smith is a Professor of Kinesiology and Health Sciences at California State University, Sacramento. Active member and officer in both North American Society for Sociology of Sport (NASSS) and North American Society for Sport History (NASSH), Maureen recently received the NASSH Sport History Book award for Re(presenting Wilma Rudolf), Syracuse University Press, co-authored with Dr. Rita Liberti. Smith’s research interests vary including material culture in sport especially statues, African American sporting experiences in the 20th century, and topics on women in Olympic and Paralympic Games. Drs. Smith and Liberti are co-editing a collection for 2017 publication entitled San Francisco Bay Area Sports: Golden Gate Athletics, Recreation and Community from University of Arkansas Press. View Guest page
Dr. Marj Snyder
Dr. Marjorie Snyder is currently a consultant in nonprofit management, research and education. She serves as the Sr. Director of Research and Programs for the Women’s Sports Foundation (WSF), is a faculty member of the George Washington University Sports Philanthropy Certificate Program and was recently a Research Project Director for a study on attrition in youth sports for the Aspen Institute’s Project Play. Previously, for 20 years, she was the Chief Program and Planning Officer for the WSF where more than 30 research projects were developed under her leadership. She began her career as a high school social studies teacher, college professor and coach. She was the head field hockey coach at Hope College and Montclair State. View Guest page
Lyn St James
Lyn St. James has raced for over 40 years: • 1992 Indy 500 Rookie of the Year, 7 time Indy 500 driver • Victories at Daytona 24 Hrs., Sebring 12 Hrs., Watkins Glen, Elkhart Lake • Set national and international closed course speed records of over 225mph • Competed at LeMans 24 Hrs., Goodwood Festival of Speed/Revival, Brickyard Vintage Invitational, Nurburgring 24 Hrs, and other historic race tracks Author: (“An Incredible Journey”, “Oh By the Way”, “Car Owner’s Manual”) She founded the Women in the Winner’s Circle Foundation and has made significant contributions to motorsports, both on and off the track. Her legacy is one of inspiration, encouragement, perseverance, and commitment to excellence. Awards & Recognitions: Sports Illustrated for Women Top-100 Women Athletes of the Century Working Woman “One of 350 Women Who Changed the World between 1976-1996” 2014 Rolex Award of Excellence at the Monterey Reunion 2010 Automotive News “One of the Top 100 Women in the Automotive Industry View Guest page
Dr. Ellen Staurowsky
Dr. Ellen J. Staurowsky is a professor of sport management and interim associate director for the Center of Hospitality and Sport Management at Drexel University. She is internationally recognized as an expert on social justice issues in sport including college athletes’ rights, the exploitation of college athletes, gender equity and Title IX, and the misappropriation of American Indian imagery in sport. She is co-author of College Athletes for Hire: The Evolution and Legacy of the NCAA Amateur Myth and editor of Women and Sport: Continuing a Journey of Liberation and Celebration. She is lead author on the Women's Sports Foundation's 2015 report Her Life Depends on It III: Sport and Physical Activity in the Lives of American Girls and Women and co-author of the WSF Beyond Xs and Os: Gender Bias and Coaches of Women’s College Sports. View Guest page
Kathrine V. Switzer
K.V. Switzer, as she registered for the Boston Marathon 1967, is an athlete, author, commentator and advocate. Her remarkable accomplishment of being the first woman to officially enter and finish the Boston Marathon, despite being attacked by a race official because she was female, was captured in an iconic photo Time-Life identified as one of ‘The 100 photos that changed the world’. Kathrine, who has run 39 marathons and continues running today, won the New York City Marathon in 1974 and her 2:51 marathon in Boston was ranked 6th in the world at the time. Possibly her most remarkable success, however, was the tireless and strategic march to get the IOC to add marathon to the women’s program; achieving this feat in the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. In our program we will hear more about these exciting events and her new project, 261 Fearless Inc. a global movement that empowers women through the vehicle of running and her plans to run the 2017 Boston Marathon View Guest page
Hudson Taylor is Founder, and Executive Director of Athlete Ally. Taylor spreads his message of equality and inclusion through his role at Athlete Ally, his public speaking and his blog for Huffington Post. Hudson Taylor is a wrestling coach and prominent straight ally and activist for LGBT rights. He is a three-time NCAA All American and two-time NCAA Academic All American in wrestling. He wracked up the most pins and most wins in the history of Univ. Maryland wrestling. He is ranked among the Top 5 pinners in NCAA wrestling history and holds several Hall of Fame records. After graduation, he moved to become wrestling coach at Columbia University. View Guest page
Tiffany S Williams
Tiffany S. Williams is Co-Founder and Co-CEO of WoBold Sports, LLC, a sports consultancy firm specializing in empowerment and leadership for girls and women with differing abilities. She has over 15 years’ experience as sports administrator nationally and globally. Tiffany oversaw three Deaflympics and many World Championships during her tenure as CEO of the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD), the highest governing body of deaf sports. She also worked as an intern for the Olympic Games Department at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) assisting in preparations for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Tiffany earned a Masters of Advance Studies in Sports Administration and Technology degree from the International Academy of Sport Science and Technology at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. She has conducted leadership, empowerment and gender equity seminars for deaf and disabled girls and women in sport all over the world. She is passionate in he View Guest page
Eli Wolff co-founded and co-directs the Royce Fellowship for Sport and Society and the Sport Development Program at Brown University, as well as the Inclusive Sport Initiative at the Center for Inclusive Design. He has also designed a Power of Sport Platform, a new initiative to fuel and magnify the power of sport movement. From 2003-2006, Eli successfully led global efforts to include sport and recreation within the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities (CRPD). Eli was a member of the US Paralympic Soccer team in 1996 and 2004. He is a graduate of Brown University and pursuing his PhD in Sport Studies at the German Sport University in Cologne. View Guest page
Dr. Andrea Woodson-Smith
Woodson-Smith is a former Division I basketball player of James Madison University from 1990-1994, currently playing wheelchair basketball with the Dallas Lady Mavericks in the Women’s Division and the Charlottesville, (Virginia) Cardinals in the men’s Championship Division.
Disability: osteoarthritis in both hips and spine; bilateral hip arthroscopy in 2013 & 2014 My major accomplishments for wheelchair basketball are listed below.
2016: 3rd place – National Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Tournament, Dallas Lady Mavericks
2015: 3rd place - National Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Tournament, Dallas Lady Mavericks
2013: MVP - National Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Tournament, Dallas Lady Mavericks
2013: 1st Place - National Women’s Basketball Tournament Championship, Dallas Lady Mavericks
2012: 4th place Paralympic Games, London, England
2011: Gold - Parapan Americas Games, Guadalajara, Mexico Education
PhD Adapted Physical Activity View Guest page