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On the table, 7/19

Boy has it been a weekend!  Let’s get you caught up on some interesting discussions:

  • Our Headliner – WOMEN’S WORLD CUP!!!

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Gay Rights:

  • Julie Watson from The Huffington Post reports, “About 200 active-duty troops and veterans wearing T-shirts advertising their branch of service marched Saturday in San Diego’s gay pride parade with Ameri Firstscan flags and rainbow banners, marking what is believed to be the first time a military contingent has participated in such an event in the U.S…” [Read on]

  • David Siders from The Sacramento Bee reports, “Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation requiring public schools to teach students about the contributions of gay and lesbian people, making California the first state to adopt such a measure…” [Read on]

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I was never really into Harry Potter, but for some of my friends and family members, this is the end of an era.  I, however, can’t wait to share some of these adventures and their heroines and profeminist heroes with my children.

  •  Ms. Magazine – “Hermione Granger and the Fight for Equal Rights” by Amy Borsuk

“Hermione offers much for a generation of girls to admire, beginning with her unmatched, encyclopedic knowledge of spells, potions and magical history, which is crucial to Harry’s survival throughout the series. She also holds her head high in the face of attacks on her appearance (she catches flak for her frizzy hair and her large teeth) and her stigmatized status as a Muggle-born witch (her peers taunt her with the slur “Mudblood”). Her loyalty and devotion to her best friends keep the golden trio–Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and her–together until the very end. It’s no wonder fans have serenaded her as the ‘Coolest Girl in the whole wide world’…” [Read on]

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  • “Banking While Black”

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Women in the World Cup

Notice anything?  There aren’t any women in the World Cup.

However, there is a “Women’s World Cup” since the generic “World Cup” doesn’t allow women.  The first Women’s World Cup (WCC) was held in 1991 – sixty-one years after the men’s first tournament in 1930.  Check out your local Wikipedia for more info on that.  The next WWC will be held next summer in Germany.

Yamaguchi Mami (L) of japan fights for a ball with Liu Huana of China during the AFC Women's Asian Cup Final between China and Japan at Chengdu Sports Center on May 30, 2010 in Chengsu, Sichuan Province of China. Getty Images

A column by Hillary Smith for nwi.com discusses a new study released last week that shows that women’s sports aren’t treated equally to men’s sports in the media.  Here are the highlights from her column:

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  • Smith’s column uses the 2010 Gender in Televised Sports report issued by the Center for Feminist Research at the University of Southern California.  Read the report here.
  • A study released this week about how the national media covers women’s sports showed that 100 percent of “Sports Center” news broadcasts opened with a story about one male sport or another.
  • It found that in March, when men’s and women’s basketball share the court, coverage of men’s basketball out-shines that of women’s basketball 10-to-1 on national broadcasts.
  • ESPN is the sole broadcaster of the NCAA women’s basketball tournament, yet ESPN still devotes an average of four stories about women’s hoops for every 40 stories about men’s.
  • USC has been conducting the same study since 1989, taking a look every five years to see if news and airtime has improved. In the first year, the study found that 5.0 percent of airtime was devoted to women’s sports; in 2009, it was 1.6 percent nationally, down 6.3 percent from 2004.

“If girls aren’t seeing other girls or women playing sports, then it reduces their ability to imagine themselves as athletes, and that might affect their participation in sports,” Purdue’s Cheryl Cooky, an assistant professor of health and kinesiology and women’s studies, said in a release about the study.

“We need to be aware of this decline and find other ways to expose young female athletes to positive role models.”

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Read Hillary Smith’s column here or you can reach her at hillary.smith@nwi.com.

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