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ESPN The Magazine Debuts “Women In Sports” Issue, Highlights 40th Anniversary of Title IX


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From novelty and now superstars, female athletes have come a long way. And their rise in sports is far from over. ESPN The Magazine’s first-ever “Women in Sports” issue, currently on newsstands, sheds light on these phenomenal women – women who own who they are, control their image, command their careers, and play how they want to play. The Mag also takes a look at how Title IX gave women greater entry into the wide world of sports, and yet how 40 years later, many obstacles are still in their way. But while their stories can’t all have happy endings, still they play on.

In celebration of this initial venture of a women-centric issue and the 40th Anniversary of Title IX, The Mag teamed up with espnW on the following features to bring even more awareness to “Women in Sports.”

Title Waves

Fed up with the inequalities they faced, 19 members of Yale’s women’s crew held a protest. That day helped define a moment. By Steve Wulf

Women who will change way sports are played

Forty years after Title IX was passed, there are still ceilings to be broken, boundaries to be pushed and paths to be paved. espnW and ESPN The Magazine selected 33 game changers, 33 women who will change the way sports are played.  

Defining Danica

After a successful run in IndyCar, Danica Patrick switched over to NASCAR last year and had a rocky start. She wants to win this year, but she’s also out to gain some credibility. By Janet Reitman

Top spinning

Is Victoria Azarenka the new star that women’s tennis craves? Or is she just the top-ranked player? By Shaun Assael

No woman is an island

At age 13, Michelle Wie became the youngest player to make an LPGA cut. Now, at 22, for the first time in her career, Michelle Wie is concentrating solely on golf, even if it means leaving her life of the beach and paddleboarding in Hawaii behind. By Molly Knight


Additional Women In Sports Issue Features

At the Corner of Love and Basketball

Rosalind Ross and Malika Willoughby, two hoop stars who shared secrets that would be their ruin. By Allison Glock

You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet

Sports Science presents five examples of proof that what women are accomplishing in sports today is only the beginning of what female athletes will someday achieve. By John Brenkus

One light will not go out

The Mag tells the story of freeskier Sarah Burke through the prism of those who knew her best. By Eli Saslow

Additional Highlights:

  • The Fix columnist Chris Jones didn’t think anyone could be as excited as he was to spend time with the Stanley Cup. But in Jones’ town of Port Hope, Canada, the Cup is met with the awe normally reserved for religious artifacts. In his latest column, Best day ever, Jones writes about his precious time with this (precious) trophy.
  • NFL: In an offseason of Bountygate and class-action suits, The Mag tags along on the life-changing mission to Africa by two veteran wideouts, Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald in Giving receivers.
  • MLB: Yu Darvish has taken the American League by storm, so ESPN The Magazine asked six hitters who have succeeded against him to share their secrets. Turns out, there isn’t much consensus in How to hit Yu.

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