The Chess Queens


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Chess, one of history's oldest games, is considered a man's game -- but why? Cristen and Caroline examine how the queen piece revolutionized chess and subsequently kicked women players out of the sport.

Episode Sources:

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Academic Insights:

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Topics in this Podcast: discrimination, history, women, gender, sports, education, STEM, child development, girls, gender differences, queens, games