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The Golden State Warriors Play Like Girls

Written by Jennifer Matt, this post originally appeared in the Huffington Post on July 3, 2017 The Golden State Warriors play like girls and its the best thing to happen to the NBA in the last decade. I had stopped watching the NBA regular season because over the last decade the game had deteriorated into an individual sport of superstars playing isolation basketball (B-O-R-I-N-G). I use the term “deteriorated” purposefully because as a female fan, this performance — superstar gets ball, dribble, dribble, dribble, drive or shoot a jump shot, rinse and repeat — has no appeal to me. I don’t care to spend my free time watching nine players stand around while James Harden plays an individual game. Fan...
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Dads Stand Up for Daughters and Girl's Sports

In honor of Father's Day and the 45th anniversary of Title IX we are reposting our article about the important role father's play in supporting their daughters.  Check out our post on the Huffington Post blog,  The Importance of Fathers in Sports Gender Equality. Title IX is the landmark legislation passed in 1972 that prohibited discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally-funded education program or activity. Implementing the provisions of the new law was a slow and arduous process in which fathers emerged as the champions of enforcement on behalf of their daughters. As Karen Blumenthal says in her book, Title IX: The Law That Changed the Future of Girls in America: Congress passed the law that opened...
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A few more of our favorite things…

Here is the latest round up of interesting things to check out that are happening at the intersection of sports, film, culture and politics. Enjoy! Watch Edges, the award-winning 9-minute short film about 90-year-old ice skater, Yvonne Dowlen. Jump on your bicycle and ride along with Ayesha McGowan’s "Do Better Together" Virtual Ride Series + get a chance to win a new bike. Subscribe to The Relish, the juicy newsletter that serves up sports for the female fan. Rent (or better yet, buy) Quit Your Day Job, the first full length female skate film in the US in over a decade. Read (and watch) this gorgeous multimedia article about prima ballerina Misty Copeland’s trip to Cuba to represent female athleticism...
BELEN, ARGENTINA - JANUARY 12:  Laia Sanz of Spain riding on and for KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA KTM RACING TEAM competes on day 10 stage 9 during the 2016 Dakar Rally on January 12, 2016 in near Belen, Argentina.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

New Year, New Reality

“I am asking you to believe.  Not in my ability to bring about change – but in yours.” President Barack Obama, Farewell Address, 01.10.17 While a sold-out audience watched T-Rex: Her Fight for Gold in Theater 1 on opening night of the inaugural Women Sports Film Festival, history was unfolding in Theater 2 with the broadcast of Hillary Clinton accepting the Democratic Party’s nomination for President of the United States. Though we won't be inaugurating our first woman president next Friday in Washington, DC, hundreds of thousands will be gathering the following day for the Women’s March on Washington to send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office that women’s rights are human rights....
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A few of our favorite things…

At Women Sports Film we are always on the look out for interesting things happening at the intersection of sports, film, culture and politics.  We'll be posting a new list every couple of weeks so be sure to check back soon. Enjoy! See 01:05:12 The Longest Race at the United Nations Association Film Festival this Friday. Listen to poet Nikky Finney read Ode to the Girl on a Wheel. Apply for this Women’s Bike Mechanic Scholarship. Buy this book for your favorite women’s sports fan and get a free set of trading cards. Support the first full length girls skateboarding film to be produced in the US in over a decade. Relive the dramatic finish at the 2016 National Women's Soccer League Championship...
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Running Shifts Gender Roles in 01:05:12 The Longest Race at UNA Film Festival

We are excited to announce that the Women Sports Film Festival is partnering with the 19th United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF) to co-present the documentary, 01:05:12 The Longest Race on Friday, October 21 at 4:00 pm at the Mitchell Park Community Center in Palo Alto. The film explores how women in Kenya’s Iten, home to many of the best long distance runners in the world, are changing the socioeconomic landscape in their region through athletics.  Traditional roles for a country like Kenya are reversing thanks to the sport of running.  Social shifts are being seen at home as an increasing number of men are taking care of the children and cooking to allow their wives the much needed time to...
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