Debating Femininity with Nancy Greene

Fifteen for 15 #8 Eight years ago I was seeking permission to use an advertising image of Nancy Greene for an article. Getting permission to use old ads and images is sometimes hard. After getting the run-around from the brand I decided to contact Nancy Greene’s “people” to see if they could help. I found … Continue reading “Debating Femininity with Nancy Greene”

Silken Laumann: Unsinkable

Fifteen for 15 #7 Silken Laumann’s was the first name I wrote down for Fifteen for 15. She stands out to me because of her physicality and the way it has been used by advertisers, which I’ll talk about below. Her tenacious comeback from injury to win a bronze at the Barcelona Olympic games is … Continue reading “Silken Laumann: Unsinkable”

Hayley Wickenheiser: Flag Bearer, Standard-Bearer

Fifteen for 15 #6 This morning Hayley Wickenheiser will carry the Canadian flag into Fisht Stadium in the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Olympic Games. My first thought on hearing Wickenheiser was going to be flag bearer was, great choice! My second thought was, she’s competing in another Olympics? Hayley Wickenheiser has been a member … Continue reading “Hayley Wickenheiser: Flag Bearer, Standard-Bearer”

The Edmonton Commercial Graduates Basketball Club

Fifteen for Section 15 #5 With a winning average of 95 percent, The Edmonton Commercial Graduates Basketball Club, “The Grads,” are among the most successful teams in sport history. Basketball was a relatively new sport for girls when the Grads formed in 1915. Unlike gymnastics and military drill, which were usually offered to school-aged girls, … Continue reading “The Edmonton Commercial Graduates Basketball Club”

Clara Hughes: Changing the Conversation About Sport and Health

Fifteen for Section 15 #4 What makes a great athlete? For me, it is someone who is accomplished but who has also shaped or changed the cultural conversation in some way. In his book Celebrity: Fame in Contemporary Culture, David Marshall likens the place of the “celebrity” in contemporary culture to Roland Barthes’ conception of … Continue reading “Clara Hughes: Changing the Conversation About Sport and Health”

Barbara Ann Scott: No Fragile Mamet

Fifteen for Section 15, #3 Written accounts of Barbara Ann Scott, the 1947 and 1948 European and World Champion women’s figure skater, and 1948 Olympic gold medalist, offered exhausting descriptions of her appearance. A 1948 Time magazine attempt extended to a paragraph: Barbara Ann, with a peaches-and-cream complexion, saucer-size blue eyes and a rosebud mouth, … Continue reading “Barbara Ann Scott: No Fragile Mamet”

The Runners (1907): Leaky Hegemony

Fifteen for Section 15, #2 The City of Toronto has many great archival images of sport, but this one of women running on Toronto Island c. 1907 is my favourite. I love it because of the juxtaposition of the runners’ clothing with their facial expressions. The runners’ determination is clear from the strain on the … Continue reading “The Runners (1907): Leaky Hegemony”

Fifteen for Section 15 (& Nine for IX)

This summer ESPN released nine documentaries about women’s sport, in honour of the thirtieth anniversary of Title IX. Title IX is a section of the Education Amendments Act (USA, 1972) that requires federally funded schools to provide equal opportunities to girls and boys. Applied to sport, this provision has resulted in increased opportunities and funding … Continue reading “Fifteen for Section 15 (& Nine for IX)”