Tag: Women in Sports

Female Muay Thai Fighters Make History in Male-Dominated Sport

By Teirra Kamolvattanavith Since opening in 1956, Lumpinee Boxing Stadium has become one of the world’s most prestigious sites for Thailand’s martial art of Muay Thai. But the venue in Bangkok has traditionally forbidden women from fighting there—or even touching the ring—due to entrenched superstitions about menstruation and its potential to “pollute” the sacred space.  Signs placed around the ring are clear:…

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Serena Williams: Why Girls Should Stick With Sports

By Michelle Konstantinovsky Serena Williams Serena Williams—yes, the Serena Williams who revolutionized tennis, won more Grand Slam titles than any other player in the Open Era, and earned four Olympic gold medals over the course of her career—made her professional debut when she was 14. While that seems young, many girls are already on their way out of sports by then. In fact, according to the Women’s Sports…

Tokyo Olympics: Athletes to Watch This Summer

No list of Olympic athletes could encompass all the stories of human achievement on display at the Summer Games. But if you’re looking for some names to root for (or against) at the Olympics in Tokyo, here are a few to start with. (Note that some still need to qualify to compete this year.) By The New York Times Gymnastics Simone Biles, United States Biles,…

Chaunte Lowe Is Training for Tokyo Through Breast Cancer

By Macaela MacKenzie If anyone knows grit, it’s Chaunte Lowe. The 37-year-old high jumper has competed in four Olympics through three pregnancies. She brought home a bronze medal in 2008 and still holds the American record for the women’s high jump (both indoor and outdoor). And now she’s training for a mind-boggling fifth Olympic appearance—while facing a breast cancer diagnosis, chemotherapy, and a…

The NBA’s First ‘Ball Girl’ is Changing Basketball

By Brittney Oliver Leadership in sports is one of the most enduring old boys’ clubs, but women are on a hot streak, fast chipping away at the glass ceiling that’s protected coaching positions, commissioners’ offices, and ownership opportunities. In 2020 alone, Callie Brownson, the chief of staff for the Cleveland Browns, became the highest-ranking female coach in NFL history when she stepped…