Female Gladiators

Female Gladiators : Gender, Law, and Contact Sport in America

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Female Gladiators examines the legal and social history of the right of women to participate with men in contact sports. The impetus to begin legal proceedings was the 1972 enactment of Title IX, which prohibited discrimination in educational settings, but it was the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution and the equal rights amendments of state constitutions that ultimately opened doors. Despite court rulings, however, many in American society resisted--and continue to resist--allowing girls in dugouts and other spaces traditionally defined as male territories. When the leagues continued to bar girls simply because they were not boys, the girls went to court. Sarah K. Fields examines the legal and cultural conflicts over gender and contact sports that continue to rage today.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 232 pages
  • 146 x 228 x 14mm | 322.05g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0252075846
  • 9780252075841
  • 2,034,440

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"The first book to examine the legal and social battles that won women the right to participate with men in contact sports." Black Issues in Higher Education "A compelling study... A sound, grounded, meticulous, and careful reading of a thorny and heated issue." Aethlon: Journal of Sport Literature "Highly recommended." Choiceshow more

About Sarah K. Fields

Sarah K. Fields, an assistant professor in Sport Humanities at The Ohio State University, was the only girl on a second-grade soccer team in St. Louis, Missouri. Contact sports continue to be a major part of her life.show more

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