To medal you have to get to the start line!
June 28, 2016
Hosted by Carole A. Oglesby, PhD
There is a perception, widely supported by the sport leadership hierarchy, that women have (or are approaching) equitable treatment. Facts belie this notion and our guests are exemplars of women still fighting to even make it 'to the starting line' in the long road up. The events in women's canoe and women's road race cycling are either blocked from inclusion in the Olympic program or severely limited as compared to their male counterparts and as might be expected due to their numbers in other competitive activities. Today we hear about their strategic and gallant efforts to promote change.
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.