As the US Women’s National Soccer team heads to their third straight title game at the FIFA 2019 Women’s World Cup this Sunday, host Liz DiNovella takes a look at all things women’s athletics, from the trajectory of the US women’s soccer team to image and fashion, media representation and stereotypes of women’s sports. Plus, a discussion of a suit for equal pay filed against the US Soccer Federation, and the legacy of Title IX that helped level the playing field for women’s sports.
Mary Jo Kane is a Professor in the School of Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota, where she’s Director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport. She is an internationally recognized scholar who has published extensively on the topic of women’s representation in sports, and she’s been featured in The New York Times’ coverage of the 2019 Women’s World Cup.
Amira Rose Davis is an Assistant Professor of History and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Penn State University, where she specializes in 20th Century American History with an emphasis on race, gender, sports and politics. She provides sports commentary for MPR, ESPN and the BBC. Brenda Elsey is Professor of History at Hofstra University, where she studies the history of popular culture and politics in twentieth century Latin America. Her new book is Futbolera: Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Latin American Sport, and she provides sports commentary for The Guardian and SBNation. Elsey and Davis are co-hosts of the feminist sports podcast Burn It All Down.