“Game Face: What does a Female Athlete Look Like” premiered at the Smithsonian in Washington DC yesterday, depicting women of all ages and races participating in a variety of sports at every athletic level. In addition to the exhibit, co-curators Jane Gottesman and Geoffrey Biddle established an educational outreach program for high schools and colleges and a “Game Face Patch” for the Girl Scouts of America.
Despite the passage of Title IX in 1972 and the watershed achievements of many female athletes, Biddle says that he and Gottesman recognized the scarcity of female athletics coverage and the way that female athletes were portrayed differently than male athletes in the media. “We’re trying to convey the idea that a woman can regard her body as function, as opposed to visual. It’s not about how you look, it’s about how you play,” Biddle says.
Biddle says he also hopes that the exhibit will make people rethink any stereotypical ideas about female athletes. “By including the range of photographs we have included, we want people, not just women, to recognize themselves, their wives, their mothers, and their daughters,” Biddle said. Through January 2, 2002 the exhibit will remain at the Smithsonian and it will then travel to Salt Lake City and Dallas. For more information, visit www.gamefaceonline.org.
8/28/2015 Alaska Court Protects Abortion Access for Low-Income Women - The Alaska Superior Court struck down a state law yesterday that would have severely limited abortion access for low-income women in Alaska.
The state's Superior Court also struck down a Department of Health and Social Services regulation that placed narrow specifications on Medicaid coverage for abortions, requiring that Medicaid-funded abortions be determined by a physician to be "medically necessary." Last year, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Planned Parenthood sued on behalf of the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, claiming that the narrow definition of "medically necessary" arbitrarily established conditions designed to restrict the ability of low-income women to access abortion services.
The law was temporarily blocked last July by an Alaskan state court judge.
Superior Court Judge John Suddock ordered yesterday that the state be blocked from implementing this regulation, ruling that it placed an undue burden on low-income women seeking abortion services in Alaska.
"By providing health care to all poor Alaskans except women who need abortions, the challenged regulation violates the state constitutional guarantee of 'equal rights, opportunities, and protection under the law'," the ruling read.
"We applaud the superior court for striing down these cruel restrictions on women's health and rights that violate the Alaska Constitution," said Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands. . . .
8/26/2015 Saudi Women Prepare to Vote for the First Time - The fight for gender equality is making slow but notable progress in Saudi Arabia, where women will be allowed to vote for the first time in upcoming December elections.
This shift in Saudi law came in 2011, when a royal decree announced that women would be allowed to vote and run in local elections beginning in December of 2015. . . .