“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.
7/27/2015 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Blocked Efforts to Defund Planned Parenthood - An attempt in the Senate to defundÂ Planned Parenthood by Mike Lee (R-UT) was blocked this weekend by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).Â Lee tried to attach the elimination of federal funds for Planned Parenthood to a vote for highway legislation, a move which was rejected by McConnell asÂ out of order.
Republican legislators have redoubled their efforts to block funding for Planned Parenthood since the release of twoÂ heavily edited clandestine videos of different PPFA employees taken without their knowledge. . . .
7/24/2015 Katherine Spillar Urges Cleveland to Dramatically Increase Hiring of Women Police to Mitigate Police Violence - In a well-received speech at the City Club of Cleveland today, Katherine Spillar, Executive Director of the Feminist Majority Foundation urged Cleveland city officials to dramatically increase the hiring of women police officers as a way to decrease police brutality incidents.
Following a number of high profile police killings in Cleveland of African Americans, and an eight-month investigation by the US Attorney's office of the Northern District of Ohio, the City of Cleveland has now entered into a Consent Decree that requires numerous reforms in how the city oversees and investigates police operations, including training in use of force.
"Among the most important reforms mandated by the consent decree - and the most easily overlooked - are the changes the Cleveland Division of Police must make in its recruitment and hiring practices,
said Spillar. . . .