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spring 2003
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The Feminist To-Do List by Gloria Steinem
Ms. Poll Feminist Tide Sweeps In as the 21st Century Begins by Lorraine Dusky
Affirmative Action on Trial by Teresa Stern
Women on Death Row by Claudia Dreifus
In the Thick of Life at 70 by Jessica Chornesky

Special Action Alert
Women Take Action Worldwide
Listing: Coalitions and Groups
National Council of Women's Organizations Statement on War with Iraq
NCWO Partial Members List
Why Peace is (More Than Ever) a Feminist Issue
by Grace Paley

Writing of War and Its Consequences
Ghosts of Home by Patricia Sarrafian Ward
Tales from an Ordinary Iranian Girlhood by Marjane Satrapi
Snow in Summer: LA, CA, 1963 by Helen Zelon

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Pat Summitt's 800th Victory
Augusta Golf Club's Red Face
National Map of Priest Abuse
Women Warriors
Lesbians with Strollers
Kopp Trial
Trouble in Herat, Afghanistan
Reproductive Rights in Poland
Health Clinics in Guatemala
Congolese Women for Peace
Global Good News Round-Up
The Opposite of a Nuclear Bomb

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Lower Breast Cancer Risks by Liz Galst
The Making of an Activist by Gloria Feldt
Nature Conservancy Gains by Rachel Rabkin
Harvard Stumbles on Rape Rules by Lorraine Dusky
The Bush Overhaul of Federal Courts by Stephanie B. Goldberg
My Friend Yeshi by Alice Walker

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Pat Summitt Coaches 800th Victorious Game
by Jennifer Block

Winners, All: (l to r) Tye'sha Fluker, Coach Summitt, Tasha Butts, Ashley Robinson, and Courtney McDaniel (Photo by Wade Payne/AP Photo)

A Title IX success stoty wherein imitation is the sincerest proof of Summitt-ry.

It's the 800 number coaches dream of, and early this year-- January 14, to be specific-- Pat Summitt earned it: coaching 800 victories in NCAA Division I college play. She's only the fourth person-- and the first woman to accomplish this. As head coach of the University of Tennessee Lady Volunteers for 28 years (and counting), she's already seen six NCAA titles, 21 Southeastern Conference (SEC) championships, and 17 Final Four matches. In 1998 she became the first women's coach to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated; in 2000 she was named Naismith Coach of the Century, and that same year she was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. And dribble this: She's coached 11 Olympians, 16 Kodak All-Americans, 55 all-SEC performers, and the Naismith Player of the Century, Chamique Holdsclaw. How does she do it? Some say it's tough love, others say it's the infamous "Summitt Stare." Whatever. She's got it, and winning isn't the only thing that moves her; mentoring matters, too. Summitt's a stickler for academics-- if you cut class, you don't play. Every Lady Vol leaves U of T with a degree. Plus, 23 of Summitt's players have gone on to become collegiate coaches themselves. So it's not unusual for her to face her own proteges across the court. "I'm really proud of all the players who've done well in the coaching ranks," Summitt told Ms. "How fortunate I've been to be at a university that supported women's basketball; I can't say enough about what U of T did when Title IX was passed."

 

 


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* Learn more about women and girls in sports.
* Watch women's athletics. For example, check out final games of the 2003 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament.
* Stand up for Title IX! Whether you are a women's sports fan, a proud relative of a female athlete, or a player yourself, Title IX needs your help. Sign the WNBA petition and tell President George W. Bush and Secretary of Education Roderick Paige that you support equal opportunities for girls and women in sports.

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