Sportz Shortz, June 14, 2014

Our Bi-weekly Digest of Women’s Sporting News
World cup, sex workers, human trafficking, FIFA, Brazil, women’s sports, women’s health

The arrival of a mega sporting event, like this year’s World Cup in Brazil, is often shrouded by the stigma of exploitation, violence, and human rights concerns surrounding sex workers and the incoming surge of international fans. But updated research suggests that these claims are likely to be disproportionately exaggerated, and draw attention away from the very real problems of poverty, forced displacement, and police brutality toward citizens. Efforts to protect migrant sex workers can all too easily take a backseat to sensationalism and scandal.

The push to compensate college athletes raises questions about the exactness of Title IX’s implications, and presents some unsatisfying alternatives.

Recent high school graduate Shelly Osborne signs with the Campbellville University Tigers, joining the team as the school’s first female defensive back.

Track & Field
As the final round of the 2014 outdoor Track & Field tournament comes to a head this Saturday, many are setting their eyes and hopes on record-setting Michigan freshman Erin Finn.

Florida reels over its first championship after senior Hannah Rogers enters in the sixth and pitches a perfect inning.


Former Olympian and World Cup Champion Brandi Chastian talks this year’s World Cup, straightening up the US men’s team, and the future of the NWSL.

The league takes a breather after a whirlwind week that saw the New York Flash triumph over the Portland Thorns while Chicago collected another two losses. Meanwhile, Seattle reigns supreme.

The WNBA’s Pride Campaign finally seeks to embrace fans from the LGBT community, but the timing is a little too convenient, not to mention decades overdue.

Field Hockey

Australia takes the semifinal title in a 3-1 match with the US and moves on to challenge the Netherlands for the 2014 World Cup this Saturday.

EY’s Women Athletes Business Network and the International Women’s Forum work to team up top-tier female athletes and executives, drawing yet another parallel between women’s athleticism and leadership skills.

Study of women’s sports coverage reveals a disturbing trend: of the 5% of sports news devoted to female athletics, 15% is taken up by “guests”—female relatives, celebrities, and fans with some connection to men’s sports.


Jaiyah Saelua, the world’s first out trans* professional footballer, looks forward to her role as an activist after retirement, and taking her tackling skills away from the field and into fight against bigotry and inequality.
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