||So what does a female athlete look like? Sportswriter Jane
Gottesman spent years collecting images of girls and women involved in
sports and physical activity that might answer that question. The
results: her book "Game Face," edited by Geoffrey Biddle; and a Smithsonian
exhibit that will open in Washington from June 27 to Jan. 2, 2002. The exhibit will also be displayed at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and continue on a five-year national tour.
The photos, accompanied by topical quotes from athletes and female sports
advocates, celebrate the pride and pain, sweat and strain, muscle and
momentum of women engaged in sports. Sure, the passage in 1972 of Title
IX (audio) gave women more equal footing on the court and field, but their
challenges and achievements through sports extend far beyond what the
Is a woman's "game face" definable? (Give it a shot in our bulletin
board.) Maybe. Maybe not. But it is recognizable -- through the energy,
the commitment, the joy -- on their faces and in their success.
Jane Gottesman on "Game Face"
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