Global Sports

Iranian Women Can Now Attend Major Sporting Events

Although the new policy still holds barriers for women attending specific sports—those considered to be more “masculine” such as wrestling or swimming—this announcement reverses an antiquated rule that forbid women to watch matches attended by men.


Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down: A Feminist Look at the Olympics, Part 2

Thumbs Up for Kayla Harrison, who won the first women’s gold medal for the U.S. in judo on August 2 and who overcame great personal challenges to triumph at these London Games. Even though American Rusty Kanokogi, who fought for years to make women’s judo an Olympic sport, didn’t live to see Harrison make history […]


Olympics 2012: Female Boxers Fighting for Gold Medals and Mainstream Acceptance

On Sunday, women competed in an Olympic boxing match for the first time in history. Russian boxer Elena Savelyeva  and her North Korean opponent Hye Song Kim battled for the honor of the first Olympic victory in women’s boxing. Savelyeva won the bout 12-9. A total of 36 athletes in three weight classes will compete […]


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 […]