ESPN Films’s Nine for IX docuseries
Jun 26th, 2013 by

Imagine if some of the most iconic moments in sports history never came to be: members of the USA soccer team ripping off their jerseys in pure joy after winning the 1999 Women’s World Cup, the Williams sisters dominating the U.S. Open in 2001, the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team winning an unprecedented 90 consecutive games—the longest streak in both men’s and women’s NCAA basketball.

These big points in sports owe thanks to a 37-word amendment, Title IX, which celebrated its 40th anniversary last year. While ESPN commemorated that anniversary with wall-to-wall coverage on its website of the gains women have made, it also realized the need to keep the conversation going.

“It shouldn’t only be anniversaries,” says Libby Geist, associate director of development at ESPN Films. “We should always be highlighting women.”

“The result of that yearlong reflection is ESPNw and ESPN Films’s Nine for IXdocuseries, which airs July 2 and continues throughout the summer. The nine episodes, all directed by women, feature some instantly recognizable names: Venus Williams, Pat Summitt, and Mia Hamm. Others are harder to place, like sports journalist Lisa Olson, who fought sexual harassment by New England Patriots’ football players; late scuba diver Audrey Mestre, whose push to complete the deepest dive ever led to her death; and runner Mary Decker, whose promising Olympic dreams were nixed because of a collision with another racer.

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Equality, sports, and Title IX – Erin Buzuvis and Kristine Newhall – a TED Video
Jun 20th, 2013 by

About This Video

In 1972, U.S. Congress passed Title IX, a law which prohibited discrimination against women in schools, colleges, and
universities — including school-sponsored sports. Before this law, female athletes were few and far between, and funding
was even scarcer. Erin Buzuvis and Kristine Newhall explore the significance and complexity of Title IX.

Need a fun lesson on Title IX and athletics??

Well we created one! We worked with the amazing people at TED-Ed and put together a lesson on Title IX. The whole lesson can be
found here and includes a video, multiple choice and discussion questions, resources, and a discussion board (if you would like
to comment after watching). The lesson is aimed at grade school children.  But the animation–by Kat Llewellyn–is great and should be enjoyed by all. So here’s just the video:



Love is All You Need? full length movie
Apr 28th, 2013 by

All You Need Is Love? highlights a teen living in a world that exists in opposition to the one we live in now.

In this short, the terms “gay” and “straight” and the conceptions and cultural stigmas attached to them are completely reversed. What makes this video so powerful is its inclusion of family and community, showing that intolerance can fester in any number of places. Honest performances and a beautiful message, this short film is one not to miss.

Representations of Gender in Advertising
Apr 28th, 2013 by

Published on Apr 3, 2013

This school project was created for a Women and Gender Studies class at the University of Saskatchewan by Sarah Zelinski, Kayla Hatzel and Dylan Lambi-Raine.
We wanted to show how ridiculous media portrays gender roles and stereotypes in advertising through presenting gender roll reversals.




The Most Beautiful Way To Stop A Bully I’ve Ever Seen
Mar 24th, 2013 by

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