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With All Due Respect! by Amanda Thebe

Aug 3, 2023

Over the last 50 years, women have made extraordinary advances in athletics, accomplishing incredible feats and smashing long-held beliefs about the limits of their physical capabilities. And yet, the institutions of sport and science have largely ignored the needs of this growing population.  


In UP TO SPEED: The Groundbreaking Science of Women Athletes, sports and health journalist Christine Yu disentangles myth and gender bias from real science, making the case for new approaches that can help women athletes excel at every stage of life, from adolescence to adulthood, through pregnancy, menopause, and beyond. She explains the latest research and celebrates the researchers, athletes, and advocates pushing back against the status quo and proposing better solutions to improve the active and athletic lives of women and girls. 


Talking about humans and their bodies within the context of sports and science is a tricky endeavor. Both disciplines rely heavily on binary categories that often conflate sex and gender and don’t accurately describe the larger spectrum of sex or gender. Ultimately, the systemic injustices and assumptions embedded in sports and science don’t just affect women and girls. They affect all people. By examining how women and girls are marginalized and excluded, we can start to uncover ways to make these systems more equitable for everyone. 



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