Women's Tennis: From Pat Ball to Grand Slams


Among professional sports, tennis often is cited as one of the most gender equitable for female athletes. Cristen and Caroline serve up the evolution of women's tennis and the players who trailblazed the way to diversity on the court.

Episode sources:

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"Althea Gibson broke barriers" by Larry Schwartz. ESPN. https://espn.go.com/sportscentury/features/00014035.html

"Althea Gibson's Unfinished Legacy for Black Tennis Players" by Henry D. Fetter. The Atlantic. Aug. 29, 2013. http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2013/08/althea-gibsons-unfinished-legacy-for-black-tennis-players/279167/

"'Big Babe Tennis' and the Pitfalls of Liberal Feminism" by Ellie Gordon-Moershel. Feminisms. June 16, 2012. http://www.feminisms.org/5222/big-babe-tennis-and-the-pitfalls-of-liberal-feminism/

"Coming up short." The Economist. Jan. 23, 2012. http://www.economist.com/blogs/gametheory/2012/01/gender-and-tennis

"Gender Disparity Remains in Tennis Officiating" by Carl Bialik. The Wall Street Journal. Nov. 14, 2013. http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303789604579197823066706190

"History of Women in Sports." Elmira College. http://faculty.elmira.edu/dmaluso/sports/timeline/tennis.html

"Long Live the Tennis Grunt!" by Katy Waldman. June 28, 2012. Slate. http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2012/06/28/grunting_and_tennis_why_the_case_to_ban_women_from_making_loud_noises_on_court_is_crazy_.html

"Race and Color in Tennis: Whither Diversity?" by Prasant Tangirala. Bleacher Report. May 22, 2009. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/181775-race-and-color-in-tennis-whither-diversity

'Tennis' Gender Pay Gap Problem Looms On the Sidelines" by Miguel Morales. Forbes. Feb. 21, 2014. http://www.forbes.com/sites/miguelmorales/2014/02/21/tennis-gender-pay-gap-problem-looms-on-the-sidelines/

"The Match Maker" by Don Van Natta Jr. ESPN. Aug. 25, 2013. http://espn.go.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/9589625/the-match-maker

"The Unsettled Science of Tennis Grunting" by Jessica Testa. Buzzfeed. Sept. 04, 2012. http://www.buzzfeed.com/jtes/the-unsettled-science-of-tennis-grunting

"Timeline of Women's Tennis Fashion." Courtney Tennis760. http://courtneytennis760.wordpress.com/2012/03/02/timeline-of-womens-tennis-fashion/

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"When Billie Beat Bobby" by L. Jon Werther. Sports Illustrated. May 07, 2012. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1197984/index.htm

"Wimbledon's Victorian values harming women's tennis" by Oliver Brown. The Telegraph. April 25, 2013. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/tennis/10016301/Wimbledons-Victorian-values-harming-womens-tennis.html

Topics in this Podcast: sports, athletics, women's sports, tennis