According to many year-end commentaries, 2015 was a year when women stood out in sports. Four sports scholars – from the US, Canada, and the UK – discuss the accomplishments and advances of the past year as well as the persistent barriers that remain for women in sport.
Rachel Allison, Amy Bass, Courtney Szto, and Jean Williams
An Ambivalent Spectacle
The leading historian of women's football will be blogging about this year's Women's World Cup for Sports Illustrated. She shares her initial thoughts with us about the tournament, past and present.
In November 1908, Italian runner Dorando Pietri and American Johnny Hayes met in a rematch of their controversial marathon race at the London Olympics (Pietri had been disqualified after finishing first, and Hayes had received the gold medal). The second race was held inside New York's Madison Square Garden. The two contestants ran 262 laps on the arena floor, with Pietri winning by less than a lap.