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Wrestling & USA Wrestling: Women
Get news, interviews, rankings and results, plus information on how to start a women’s wrestling team or program from this wrestling Web portal.

The United States Girls’ Wrestling Association
Browse photos from USGWA tournaments, join the forum discussion and find information on upcoming events at this site for “the future of wrestling.”

Joey’s Wrestling Room
The first girl to win a state title in a boys’ division, Joey is a 15-year-old wrestler in Oklahoma who has been wrestling since she was five. Read articles and interviews and view photos and browse resources about women’s wrestling.
Browse action photos from women’s, men’s and youth wrestling matches, watch video clips to learn wrestling techniques, view photo essays and get wrestling-related links.

NPR: Women’s Wrestling a New Olympic Sport
A reporter from NPR’s Day to Day visited the U.S. women’s wrestling team as it prepared for the world championships in September 2003.

Dallas Morning News: “Girls Wrestling Getting a Grip”
Read about the growing popularity of girls’ wrestling in high schools in Texas—one of the only two states that do not allow boys and girls to wrestle one another. (Registration required.)

Women’s eNews: Women’s Wrestling Reaches Olympics
The addition of women’s wrestling as an Olympic sport increases hope for the sport’s future, according to this May 2004 article. “Of Pins and Passion”
Read an interview from the SXSW Film Festival with GIRL WRESTLER filmmaker Diane Zander, who talks about meeting Tara Neal and making the film.

Hudson Explorers Wrestling: Rules
How many points are awarded for an escape? What’s a takedown? Find out by reading this list of “wrestling rules of the layman.”

Learn about the differences between freestyle, Greco-Roman, collegiate-style and Olympic wrestling, and get general wresting scoring procedures.

Silver Chips Online: “Cutting weight to make the cut”
One high school wrestler climbs 60 flights of stairs on nothing but a spoon of peanut butter and a mouthful of water, spit out to prevent “water weight.” Read about the dangerous practice of cutting weight among wrestlers.

The Physician and Sportsmedicine: “Wrestling Rules Pin Harmful Weight Cutting”
Learn more about how the cutting weight-related deaths of three athletes spurred sports associations to pass measures to stop the practice—and find out if it worked.

Women and Sports

Feminist Majority Foundation: Gender Equity in Athletic and Sports
Get a comprehensive list of online resources about gender and sports, from women and the Olympics to Title IX and educational equality.

Women’s Sports Foundation
Founded by Billie Jean King in 1974, the Foundation aims to be the top resource for information on women’s sports. Get workout tips, read interviews with athletes and learn more about sports from aikido to yoga.

The Tucker Center for Research on Girls and Women in Sport
Dedicated to “exploring how sport, recreation and physical activity affect the lives of girls and women,” the Tucker Center’s Web site features resources for women in sports and online newsletters.

National Association for Girls and Women in Sport
NAGWS “champions equal funding, quality and respect for women's sports programs.” Find out more about their programs and events and get links to online resources.

PBS: P.O.V.: True Hearted Vixens
This film follows two women and their teams as they play in the Women’s Professional Football League’s first exhibition tour, facing challenges of playing a traditionally male sport. Find out more about the issue and get resources on girls’ and women’s sports.

PBS: This is a Game, Ladies
Documenting two years in the life of the Scarlet Knights, the women’s basketball team at Rutgers University, this film reveals how women are changing the perception of strength and what it means to be an athlete.

PBS Think Tank: Women in Sports
Read a transcript from this discussion on the increased popularity of women in sports—both on the amateur and professional levels.

19th Annual National Girls & Women In Sports Day
Learn more about the events and history of the National Girls and Women in Sports Coalition, the sponsor of the National Girls and Women in Sports Day, which honors the achievement and importance of female athletic participation.

“Open To All”: Title IX At Thirty
What impact has Title IX had since its passage in 1972? Read a report from the U.S. Department of Education’s Commission on Opportunity in Athletics. (Available as a PDF download.)

Title IX Facts and Myths
Title IX forces schools to cut men’s sports. Myth or fact? Get the scoop, and stats, from this site on Title IX.

The New York Times: “Title IX Trickles Down to Girls of Generation Z”
Find out more about a new phase in the evolution of Title IX and its national effects on high school—and middle school—girls’ sports. (Registration required.)

PBS: Online NewsHour Forum: Title IX: Gender Parity in Sports
How can we create opportunities for women without “taking them away from men?” This online forum addresses some pros and cons of Title IX.

PBS: Online NewsHour: Title IX Turns 25
Read a transcript from this 1997 program about the effects on Title IX as current and former female college athletes celebrated its 25th anniversary.


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