Posts tagged "Olympics"

American Women Dominate the Olympic Games, Huge Success of Title IX

American women are taking home 61 medals from Rio, with another 55 going to the men and five awarded in mixed events.

Afghan Women are Paving the Way for Future Athletes

This week, Afghanistan’s Kimia Yusufi competed against the best of the best in the 100-meter track heat at the 2016 Summer Olympics. She was one of three athletes, and the only woman, representing Afghanistan in Rio.

Sex Testing for Female Athletes Might Become a Thing of the Past

For the first time in over 50 years, women competing in the Olympics have not been subject to sex-testing, a shocking practice that has for years allowed sports governing organizations to police the gender and sex of women athletes, sometimes with devastating consequences.

Feminist Leaders Marched the Olympic Torch through Brazil

The 2016 Olympic Summer Games began with the traditional parading of the torch throughout the country, including in Fortaleza, where two leaders of Brazil’s feminist movement led the march through the northeastern city.

Ibtihaj Muhammad Is the First American to Compete in the Olympics Wearing a Hijab

This summer Ibtihaj Muhammad is the first American to compete in the Olympics while sporting the hijab, a headscarf some Muslim women choose to wear.

Olympic Refugee Team Shines Spotlight on Global Crisis

The Summer Olympic Games are set to launch in Rio de Janeiro on Friday, and for the first time ever there will be a team composed entirely of refugees, shining a light on the global refugee crisis and providing hope for displaced people.
Tensions Rise on Gay Rights In Russia, Show Legislative Trend

Tensions Rise on Gay Rights In Russia, Show Legislative Trend

Nick Symmonds posted on his blog that if he races against a Russian athlete, "I will shake his hand, thank him for his country's generous hospitality, and then, after kicking his (butt) in the race, silently dedicate the win to my gay and lesbian friends back home."
Olympic Committee says LGBT Activists Will Not Be Punished in Russia Under Anti-Gay Law

Olympic Committee says LGBT Activists Will Not Be Punished in Russia Under Anti-Gay Law

The International Olympic Committee has stated that LGBT athletes and visitors of the 2014 Winter Olympics will not be penalized under extreme anti-gay legislation passed in Russia last month.
London 2012: "The Women's Games"

London 2012: “The Women’s Games”

Women are making history at the London 2012 Olympic Games. For the first time in history, women athletes are representing every single competing country. Saudi Arabia was the last hold-out, but they finally entered two female athletes earlier this summer. Although women first competed in the modern Olympic Games in 1900, this is the first...
Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down: A Feminist Look at the Olympics (So Far)

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down: A Feminist Look at the Olympics (So Far)

With all of the TV coverage, print and digital news, Facebook updates, Twitter hashtags and blog posts about what’s happening in London, we’ve gathered our favorite (and not so favorite) feminist moments and commentaries from the 2012 Summer Games. Please to share your thoughts in the comments below!  for British weightlifter Zoe Smith, who spoke out...