How to Skate Like a Girl, Part 1

Courtesy: MPORA/Pat Darrin

Since skateboarding arrived in the 1950s, women like Patti McGee, Peggy Oki and Elissa Steamer have proven that skating like a girl isn't second-rate. Cristen and Caroline shred the history of women in skateboarding and how it evolved from a gender-neutral California pastime into a nearly boy-exclusive subculture.

Episode sources:

Ellen Berryman: Skateboarding Legend.

History of Skateboarding.

Meet the skater girls of Afghanistan.

Photographers Jessica Fulford-Dobson Captures the Joy of Young Afghan Skateboarders.

Skateboarding Heritage Hall of Fame: Patti McGee.

Silicon Valley Could Learn a Lot From Skater Culture. Just Not How to Be a Meritocracy.

Smith Blurs Skateboarding Gender Lines.

Who's Rad? Ellen O'Neal Deason.

Women in Skateboarding: Being a Lady (Who Shreds).

Women in X Games to Get More Prize Money.

Women's Skateboarding: Why It Matters to Skate Like a Girl.

Academic insights:

"Skater girlhood and emphasized femininity: 'you can't land an ollie properly in heels.' Kelly, Deirdre M.; Pomerantz, Shauna and Currie, Dawn. Gender and Education. September 2005.

Topics in this Podcast: sports, skateboarding