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Write a post for Women’s History Month

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The month of March marks a global celebration of women's talents, achievements and contributions to society. Every year, since the United Nations proclaimed March 8th International Women's Day in 1977, organizations around the world host a variety of events honoring those with a double x chromosome.

South Korean girls kick grass

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This year has seen several female athletes shine for South Korea, led by Olympic figure skating champion Kim Yu-na. In the FIFA U-17 Women`s World Cup that wrapped this weekend, Yeo Min-ji earned the Golden Shoe as leading scorer and Golden Ball as the tournament`s top player. Teammate Jang Seul-gi became another instant hero by slotting in the winning shot.

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How Early Exposure to so Many Sports Opened My Door to Rowing

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By Julia Darnton, Assistant Director of Operations, Game On! Sports Camps 4 Girls

Up until age 5, I thought everyone's parents were competitive cross-country skiers. In my family, I was used to my parents hiring a sitter for me and my two younger brothers so they could train for their next 50-kilometer ski marathon.

Game Changer: Pretty Tough Girls Claim a Piece of Online Turf

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Believe it or not, not every girl is a damsel in distress looking for Prince Charming. The days when girls were expected to play with dolls, wear pink dresses, have perfect hair, and be quiet and clean are long gone. Â For many girls, role models aren't delicate princesses but kick-butt women who surf twenty- foot waves, dunk basketballs, sail off vert ramps, hit homeruns, beat guys on the motor track and more.

NIKE

Oh the Irony!: Nike's Gold Diggers

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Can Nike come up with an Olympic motto worse than "Greatness has been found?"

YES! Of course, this shirt is only sold in women's sizes.

Nike explains itself:
"Nike has consistently supported female athletes and the position they enjoy as positive role models.

Nike The Look of Sport: Hope Solo

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Nike has launched a new series of pictorials and interviews featuring several of their world-class female athletes including USA Women's National Soccer Team goalkeeper Hope Solo. Here's a look at...

ESPN

US Women’s Soccer Special Saturday on ESPN2

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Julie Foudy, Mia Hamm and Kristine Lilly, by Marcos Brindicci/Reuters

Julie Foudy, Heather O'Reilly, Kristine Lilly, Donna de Varona and Tony DiCicco will discuss women's soccer in America, including the USA's 1999 Women's World Cup championship team. The 30 minute show will be on ESPN2 at 4:00 pm or following the conclusion of the Spain vs France Euro 2012 Quarterfinal.

Mia Hamm Named #1 Female Athlete of Past 40 Years by ESPNW

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From ESPNW:

From Martina and Serena to Annika and Danica, female athletes have grown into one-name wonders known the world over.

And as ESPN marks the 40th anniversary of Title IX -- a law whose ripple effects extend far beyond the U.S., creating a women's sports culture awash in opportunity -- it's the perfect time to pause, reflect and ask one question: Who's the best of the best?

8 Ways ESPN Excels in its Coverage of the Women’s World Cup

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Brandi Chastain and Ian Darke

ESPN has shown a remarkable commitment to properly covering the Women's World Cup this year. While previous World Cups were well covered by the ESPN family of networks, this summer's event has demonstrated an enhanced understanding of the audience that watches this competition and the type of coverage that would be appealing to those viewers.

Note to espnW: a woman is not a horse

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Zenyatta: "Am I not a woman and a horse?"
ESPN recently launched a website for women sports fans, espnW. Today the site listed its top ten stories in women's sports. In cooking up this list, ESPN adopted a flexible definition of the category "woman" by including Zenyatta, the horse, as #4.

Setting aside the rather large problem regarding the network's confusion regarding the category "woman," the list is a rather bland summary of accomplishments.

Pretty Good

MZ & Emmers Sports Bra Auction for Breast Cancer April 7-15

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Hope Solo, USA Goalkeeper

They are back at it again! Soccer player McCall Zerboni and Emma Bayer, are raising money again for breast cancer research. If you have no idea what this article is about, check out this other article for some background information on how a professional soccer player and fan came together to help make a difference.

Vote Now to Help Julie Foudy Send a Deserving Girl to the Olympics #NGWSD

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I love playing sports for a long list of reasons, but I especially love sports because they help define who we are:

  • Sports give you confidence.
  • Sports give you strength.
  • Sports give you a voice (hence, the nickname Loudy Foudy). :)
  • Sports teach teamwork and leadership.

U.S. Women's National Team

A Breakdown of Title IX

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Remember weeks ago when I said a post about Title IX was coming? Yeah... it's been awhile. Oops. Better late than never, right? When I started writing this entry I realized that there was no way I could cover it in just one post. So I'll be providing you all a little insight to Title IX one piece at a time.

World's Sexiest Female Footballers

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Here are some of the World's Sexiest Female Footballers:Sweden's own Josefine Öqvist posed for Swedish men's magazine Slitz. She was one of the first female athletes to do so. Of course, there were people who thought this was inappropriate but if Freddie Ljungberg can appear half naked on billboards, why can't Josefine be in a lad's mag?

Landon Donovan

The Monday After

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The big soccer game on American soil over the weekend involved the Women's National Team, which packed more than 20,000 people into FC Dallas Stadium as part of a 2-1 victory over New Zealand. That is a big number for a friendly game against a non-big name opponent, especially given the fairly cold temperatures in the Dallas area.

Wednesday Kicks: Boxx, Donovan, Press, Leroux lead U.S. Soccer player award nominees & more

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First, the & more: follow the MLS expansion draft here. The Whitecaps just took former Galaxy striker Alan Gordon, now late of Chivas USA. They like big, bruising English style center forwards up north.

Award season is heating up with U.S. Soccer announcing their nominees today for male, female and young male and female athletes of the year.

World Cup

Alex Morgan poses in bodypaint for SI Swimsuit issue

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Following U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo's naked lawn watering in ESPN The Magazine's body issue, Alex Morgan -- Hope's U.S national teammate and fellow recipient of an impressive number of Facebook marriage proposals during last summer's Women's World Cup -- will be one of three female athletes to pose in bodypaint for the upcoming Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.

Inspiring the Next Generation

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One of the Mission Statements from the 1999 Women's World Cup was to "inspire the next generation of female athletes" something that current group of WNT players has certainly accomplished (albeit for the kid sisters and even daughters of those back in 1999!).

Choking the cherry

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It sounds a lot like you do
Always saying shit I know is not true
It sucks me in
It spits me out
I try to shut it up
'Cause I must let it go

-Poe, Choking the Cherry

I was a little confused about Beau Dure's piece on choking.

The Male Gaze and the Women’s World Cup

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My recent post on Louisa Necib has been the most read popular I've ever written on this blog. That's a great testament to the burst of interest this Women's World Cup has generated around the world. (France's semi-final game, for instance, attracted 4 million viewers in a country that has been very slow to adopt women's football).

NEWS WATCH - Six Short Films on Women and Soccer During the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011

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Watch ALL six shorts here.

ESPN will present HERoics, a series of six short documentaries chronicling women's courage, perseverance, breaking through barriers, failure and redemption, as part of its unprecedented coverage of the FIFA Women's World Cup Germany 2011, it was announced today. The series, an ESPN global content development project, will live on www.

Kristine Lilly Retires

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Kristine Lilly, US Soccer

CHICAGO (Jan. 5, 2011) – Kristine Lilly, one of the most legendary figures in the history of women's soccer and holder of the world record with 352 international appearances, has retired.

The 5-foot-4-inch midfielder hangs up her boots at age 39 as perhaps the game's most accomplished player and certainly one of the most successful and decorated female athletes in U.

Soccer legend Kristine Lilly retires

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Kudos to U.S. soccer legend Kristine LIlly for calling it a day while she's still got game. After 352 appearances for the national team, one of the most beloved figures in the history of women's soccer anounced she is retiring.

The 5-foot-4-inch midfielder hangs up her boots at age 39 as perhaps the game's most accomplished player and certainly one of the most successful and decorated female athletes in U.

The Rest

Canadians Are Awesome Because They Don't Care What You Think

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If you have a Twitter account, you've seen this video of the uber-awesome members of the Canadian women's soccer national team (Sinclair, McLeod, Tancredi and...uh...Gayle, maybe?). There's been quite a ruckus over it, courtesy of U.S. women's national team fans that have no senses of humor nor appreciation for competitive spirit.

Is the Kohl's Campaign Featuring Mia Hamm Sexist?

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This morning as I was getting ready for work I caught the end of a Kohl's commercial featuring a woman who looked like Mia Hamm, so I looked into and discovered that Kohl's current advertising campaign features Mia Hamm, Lindsay Vonn, and Dara Torres, all notable female athletes. This advertisments are part of a campaign called "Shop to Win," and at least one social commentator out there thinks the ads are sexist?

Team FBM - Our Ultimate Twitter Follower Guide 2011

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U.S. Soccer released its "Best of" nominee lists for 2011 (link to Facebook voting). Categories from "Male and Female Athletes of the Year", "Best Goal", "Best Fan Moments" and the like are all up for grabs.

The one that concerned us the most was the "Best Twitter" account which featured loads of USMNT and USWNT players and a few big media accounts.

The Diets of Female Players Are Also Left Wanting

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A sound nutritional strategy is a critical component of any athletes training program. Unfortunately, this is one aspect of a player's game that is often overlooked. Over the years, research has examined the diets of both youth and professional male players (Click here for a recent SSO article). However, very few studies have focused on female athletes.

Missouri Elite Open Play Tuesday July 5 – Play For An All-Girls Club

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Missouri Elite FC U15 Girls at Incredible Pizza Fall Classic

Missouri Elite FC, a Springfield all-girls club soccer program committed to meeting the needs of female athletes, has a few more openings for the 2011-12 season.

If you are a junior or senior in high school looking to improve your game for high school and possibly beyond, please come to our open field on Tuesday evening, July 5, from 6:00-7:15pm at Lake Country Soccer on the South fields.

On Disappointment

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There are several major reasons why a player disappoints:

  1. He or she I'll use just "he" from here on, but these points apply equally to female athletes gets injured and has difficulty recovering.
  2. He turns out to be older than many people had thought, that is, on the decline at an age when some other players are able to maintain peak performance.

Wanna F**k? American Soccer Babe Not Shy

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By WAG Watcher

This is Florida State University women's soccerball player Breezy Hupp. Yes, she is really called Breezy Hupp parents today, tssk. Anyway, she hates wearing trousers and she's not shy. On Facebook, she posted a simple message on the wall of FSU American football player Nick Moody: "Wanna fuck?

Will Women's Professional Soccer survive?

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Well, OK, perhaps the bigger question is does anyone care?

But for what it's worth, here's the story comes from one of our sister papers in Northern California, the San Jose Mercury News, written by Staff Writers Elliott Almond and Matt Schwab:

SAN JOSE -- A year of financial hardship ended optimistically for Women's Professional Soccer, a league trying to survive a marketplace often unkind to female athletes.

U of M’s Jenny Clark on Hermann Trophy Watch List

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. 9/11/10

Minnesota senior defender Jennie Clark has been named to the watch list for the 2010 Women's Hermann Trophy, presented annually to the top female player in NCAA Division I soccer by the Missouri Athletic Club.

A 2008 SoccerBuzz All-American as a sophomore, Clark (Norwalk, Iowa) has been an instrumental member of Minnesota's defense since first arriving on campus.