When a Girl Shines in a So-Called Boys’ Sport: Reflecting on Gender Bias and Opportunity
As the only girl on her Little League teams, Jennifer Ring’s daughter more than held her own with her male teammates. But when she wanted to continue playing baseball instead of switching to the girls’ softball team, the adults around her put up barriers at every step. Dr. Ring, a political science professor at the University of Nevada, chronicles her daughter’s story and that of other young women in baseball in her new book, A Game of Their Own: Voices of Contemporary Women in Baseball. Jennifer’s conversation with Marti & Erin is about much more than baseball; it challenges us to think hard about gender bias and how to make sure our children have the opportunity to be themselves and fully develop their talents and interests.
In what ways have your children’s interests (or your own) run counter to gender-based expectations? How have you handled those situations? After listening to this Mom Enough show on gender bias, in what ways might you do things differently? Leave a comment below!