Sports

Brown University Faces Challenge for Unequal Elimination of Varsity Teams

Plaintiffs in a 1992 lawsuit are challenging Brown University in court for violating its settlement agreement, arguing that the school’s recent demotion of multiple varsity sports teams did not protect gender equity. The motion, filed by the ACLU of Rhode Island and advocacy organization Public Justice, argues that the recent cuts to varsity teams further...

Inclusion of Transgender Student Athletes Found to Violate Title IX

The Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights has found that a Connecticut high school athletics policy that allows transgender students to participate in sports teams that match their gender identity violates federal law and could cost the state federal education funding. A 45-page letter, dated May 15, explained that the decision was based on the...

U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team Equal Pay Claim Dismissed by Federal Judge

A federal judge dealt a significant blow to the U.S. Women’s national team’s fight for equality on Friday. While the U.S. women’s team’s claim of unequal working conditions can go forward, a federal judge rejected the player’s claims of pay inequality. In March 2019, the USWNT filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation. The...

ACLU Files Lawsuit Over Idaho Transgender Athlete Ban

The ACLU has filed a complaint in Boise federal court on Wednesday, April 14 following Idaho Governor Brad Little’s signing of a bill banning the participation of transgender women and girls from women’s public and university sports into law on March 30. The lawsuit challenges the new law, set to go into effect on July...

Idaho Senate Passes Bill Banning Transgender Women and Girls from School Sports

The Idaho State Senate passed a bill on March 16th which would ban transgender girls and women from playing on high school and college sports teams. The “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act” would force students to compete on teams that correlate with their sex assigned at birth rather than their gender identity. If there is...

U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Continues to Dominate; Fight with U.S. Soccer Federation Ongoing

  The United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) gained yet another win in a soccer game against Spain in the SheBelieves Cup yesterday, shutting them down with a narrow 1-0 win. A win against the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF), however, is less certain. There is no dispute that the USWNT continues its domination on the...

U.S. Women’s Soccer Players Seek More than $66 Million in Damages

Players on the U.S. women’s national team are seeking more than $66 million in damages in their gender discrimination lawsuit against the United States Soccer Federation. The papers were filed this past Thursday at the Los Angeles U.S. District Court. The trial date for the lawsuit is set for May 5. Included within these papers...

High School Girls Suing to Prohibit Transgender Athletes from School Sports

On Wednesday, three female high school athletes filed a federal lawsuit to block the participation of transgender students in girls’ sports. Selina Soule, Chelsea Mitchell, and Alanna Smith all of whom attend different high schools in Connecticut are being backed by Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative nonprofit organization in their lawsuit against the athletic conference....

Katie Sowers Paves the Way for Female NFL Coaches

Katie Sowers, an offensive assistant coach for the San Francisco 49ers, made history yesterday as the first female and openly LGBT coach in the Super Bowl. Sowers, 33, has worked long and hard to get to where she is. Off the field, she graduated from the University of Central Missouri after earning her Masters and...

Idaho Legislator to Introduce Bill Banning Transgender Women from Women’s Sports

Idaho legislator Rep. Barbara Ehardt (R-Idaho Falls) says that she is planning on introducing legislation that would ban transgender individuals from competing on high school sports teams that do not correspond with their birth sex. While claiming that the legislation has “nothing to do” with anti-LGBT legislation, Ehardt is calling on the Idaho legislature to...

WNBA and Players’ Union Propose Historic Collective Bargaining Agreement

In a time where female athletes across sports are speaking out against gender discrimination and pay inequalities, the WNBA has positioned itself as a leader by coming to a potential collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the players’ union that features salary increases, maternal and family leave benefits, and improved travel accommodations. This agreement takes steps...

Transgender Cyclist Wins Cycling Championship, Gets Criticism from Competitors

Rachel McKinnon is dominating the women’s cycling field, yet is receiving backlash from her fellow competitors. This 37-year old Canadian woman won at the Masters Track World Cycling Championships in Manchester, England in the 35-39 age category 200-meter sprint. McKinnon is celebrating breaking a world record and her second consecutive world title. Her success was...

Vermont High School Girls’ Soccer Team Penalized for Equal Pay Protest

A Vermont girls’ high school took off their jerseys during a game on Friday to reveal shirts with the slogan #EqualPay, after scoring their first goal of the night.   The referees issued yellow cards in response to the protest, penalizing the team. According to league rules, players are not allowed to remove their jerseys during a...

Nike Nets Four Times as Much Apparel Revenue from this Year’s Women’s World Cup Than the Last One

Nike netted four times as much apparel revenue from this year’s Women’s World Cup than the last tournament in 2015, CEO Mark Parker said on it first-quarter earnings call yesterday. Overall sales in its women’s business increased 10% “on the back of an incredible summer celebrating female athletes,” he said. Strong demand for Women’s World...

Megan Rapinoe Named FIFA’s Women’s Player of the Year

U.S. soccer player Megan Rapinoe was named FIFA’s Best Women’s Player in the World after the U.S. soccer team won the Women’s World Cup this summer. Rapinoe gave a moving speech after winning, asking other FIFA players to stand up and fight for social justice. She said she hopes to see “everybody outraged about equal...

FIFA Says Women Will be Allowed to Attend Football Matches in Iran

FIFA said Saturday that women in Iran will now be able to attend football games, starting with a World Cup qualifier match next month. FIFA President Gianni Infantino said in a conference on Sunday that Iranian officials assured FIFA that women will be allowed to enter football stadiums. “We have been assured that as of...

High School Swimmer Disqualified from Race after Swimsuit Violates Modesty Rule

A high school swimmer won her 100-meter race, only to be disqualified for having her school-issued swimsuit be deemed too revealing. The Alaska School Activities Association has reviewed and determined that the disqualification of a high school teenager for breaking the modesty rule was the “result of the misapplication of the rule and as a...

Woman Barred from Iranian Soccer Stadium Dies after Setting Herself on Fire, Incident Sparks International Outrage

A woman in Iran who was sentenced to six months in prison for disguising herself as a man to enter a soccer stadium, where women are barred, died this week from severe burns after setting herself on fire outside of the courthouse. The 29 year old, Sahar Kohdayari, attempted to enter Azadi Stadium, but was...

Desiree Linden Becomes First American Woman to Win Boston Marathon in Over Three Decades

Desiree Linden won the women’s division of the Boston Marathon on Monday; the first American woman to win the race since 1985. It was a big day for American women, who claimed seven of the top eight spots in the race. The conditions were terrible  But Linden pushed her way through a powerful headwind and...

U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Players File Wage Discrimination Complaint

Five members of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team (USWNT) filed a federal complaint today against the U.S. Soccer Federation for wage discrimination.