Host Sonya Gavankar (left) and Christine Brennan.

Inside Media: Girls Got Game

March 14, 2009

Guest: Christine Brennan

By Maureen Freeman, programs coordinator

On the athletic fields and in the press boxes, toughness has known no gender since the Title IX law was signed in 1972. In the generations following that pivotal legislation, female athletes have participated in sports in growing numbers, collecting their share of bruises and grass stains along the way.

Female journalists have been alongside them, making their own breakthroughs in the world of sports. Christine Brennan, a USA Today sports columnist and a commentator for ABC News, ESPN, NPR and Fox Sports Radio, praised Title IX.

"I think we want to, as a society, give our daughters opportunities with role models to see people who look like them, whether they’re going to be great basketball stars or not," she said.

Despite facing obstacles such as the public’s misunderstanding of Title IX’s value and the sometimes sluggish media interest in women’s sports, the law’s legacy will remain strong, Brennan said.

"Title IX is not going away, and it’s not changing," she said. "It’s only going to be probably strengthened."

Twice named one of the country’s top ten sports columnists by the Associated Press Sports Editors, Brennan became the first full-time female sports writer at The Miami Herald in 1981 and the first woman to cover the Washington Redskins as a staff writer for The Washington Post in 1985.

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