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A Tiny Moment of Awe
Today we were reminded of an important if tiny distinction, especially those of us born just in time to take advantage of Title IX. This meant hearing from our mothers about “all” that we could do—and then taking to the soccer fields and running tracks, and trying to figure out what the heck the “all” was. The potential was exciting—for us and for our mothers, aunts and neighbors who weren’t invited to join high-level sports and almost yanked out when they did (hello, Boston Marathon 1967).
Yesterday, the U.S. team played Brazil, who has Marta, the Pele of women’s soccer. The game itself had ups and downs of the kind that have you muttering, no way. As in: no way did they just do that!
(And the quotes
afterward—from the players to the coach—were lump-in-your-throat inducing.
Really, go read them.)[LN3]
Which means if you are 7- or 10- or 12-years-old, you no longer have to [LN4] imagine that something is available to you. You witness to it, from the actual women playing the sport to the front pages story in newspaper giving them their due.
That was today’s discovery. That there’s a difference between hearing what women could do and seeing what this very minute, they are doing. The difference between the girls we used to be and the girls right now, who can look at these women and think, “I can do what she did...and I can do it even
[LN1]I get confused on this phrase. It seems negative---like the girls won’t like the running and soccer. Maybe end the sentence at tracks?
[LN2]Maybe cut this—a litte insider baseball?
The Women’s World Cup story was by Jere Longman, who we have loved (as in L-O-V-E-D) for his passion for and commitment to women’s sports, but he was not alone. The AP’s story was picked up in the Detroit Free Press, the Atlanta Journal Constitution and elsewhere.
[LN3]Use parens to isolate thought so we don’t lose track of larger point. Hyperlink?
[LN4]Shortened this hear, because the graph was making the same point as the final graph. And the final graph is so strong, don’t want dilute it.