Great strides have been made for women in sports and sports media since the passage of Title IX, but there’s still plenty of progress to be made.
That was the overwhelming sentiment shared by the high-profile speakers discussing the state of women in sports on the AWSMNow webinar Wednesday, March 30.
The webinar, presented by the Association for Women in Sports Media, was the first in the AWSMNow series, designed to open dialogue on hot topics related to women in sports media.
Nearly 50 AWSM members and non-members were on hand to hear the thoughts of panelists from the fields of media, sports and government. The speakers on hand included:
• Russlynn Ali, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education
• Christine Brennan, USA Today columnist, and ABC News commentator
• Jackie Joyner Kersee, Olympic gold medalist, U.S. Track and Field
• Nancy Lieberman, former WNBA player & coach, current coach of the Texas Legends
• Mariel Zagunis, Olympic gold medalist, U.S. Fencing
A complete recap will be posted tonight, as well as the complete audio from the event.
Did you miss the webinar?
The Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center will host a special panel discussion with some of the nation’s top journalists on the IUPUI campus to discuss the role of women in sports media on April 4.
The panel is being co-sponsored by Association for Women in Sports Media, the Associated Press Sports Editors and the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. The panel is titled, “Women in Sports Media: Obstacles, Opportunities and Observations.”
It will feature:
• Michael Anastasi, managing editor/sports for The Salt Lake Tribune and incoming president of the Associated Press Sports Editors
• Christine Brennan, award-winning columnist for USA Today and commentator for ABC News, CNN and NPR
• Dave Goren, executive director of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association
• Ann Killion, contributing writer for Sports Illustrated and author
• Shelley Smith, correspondent for ESPN’s SportsCenter
The panel discussion will take place at 4 p.m. in the first floor auditorium of the IUPUI Informatics and Communications Technology Complex, located at 535 W. Michigan St. in downtown Indianapolis. It is free and open to the public.