Celebrating Women's History Month at Cal UCelebrating Women's History Month at Cal U

Women's History Month 2011

Portrait of Jessica MendozaA softball player with two Olympic medals will deliver the keynote address at the sixth annual Audrey-Beth Fitch Women’s Studies Conference, March 17 at California University of Pennsylvania.

As a member of the U.S. women’s softball team, Jessica Mendoza won a gold medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and added a silver medal at the 2008 Games in Beijing.

Mendoza’s talk, at 7 p.m. in the Natali Student Center, caps off a daylong series of presentations related to social justice issues in athletics.

The conference, Leveling the Playing Field: Examining Gender, Social Justice and Sports, will address topics such as gender equity in intercollegiate athletics, racism in sports and socially responsible images of female college athletes.

Today, Mendoza is a left fielder for the league champion USSSA Florida Pride, a member of the National Pro Fastpitch’s U.S. Specialty Sports Association. A color analyst for ESPN during college football season and the Women’s College World Series, she is past president of the Women’s Sports Foundation, which named her its Sportswoman of the Year in 2008. The mission of the foundation, established by tennis great Billie Jean King, is "to advance the lives of girls and women through sport and physical activity."

The Audrey-Beth Fitch Women’s Studies Conference is just one highlight of Women’s History Month, celebrated each March at Cal U. Also scheduled to speak are:

  • Ariko Iso, an athletic trainer for the Pittsburgh Steelers and the only female athletic trainer in the National Football League, at 9 a.m. March 23.
  • Alexis Jones, a social entrepreneur, writer and television host, at 5 p.m. March 23.
  • Jackson Katz, a nationally known anti-violence and women’s rights advocate, at 7 p.m. March 29.

In addition, The Vagina Monologues, an award-winning play by Eve Ensler, will be presented at 7 p.m. March 23, 24 and 25 in the Blaney Theatre, inside Steele Hall. Cost is $10 for community members, $5 for students. Tickets will be available starting March 14 in the Natali Student Center, or can be purchased at the door.

All other events are free and open to the public. Visitor parking is available in the Vulcan Garage, off Third Street near the campus entrance.

Schedule of Events

March 1

‘Training Rules’
7 p.m., Multipurpose Room, Carter Hall

Discussion and clips from the award-winning documentary about homophobia in women’s basketball.

March 15

'Remember the Titans’
11 a.m., Room 110, Eberly Science and Technology Center
Panel discussion about the film, based on a true story, with Cal U faculty members Dr. Kelton Edmonds, Dr. Charles Crowley and Dr. Elizabeth Jones.

March 17

Audrey-Beth Fitch Women’s Studies Conference: Leveling the Playing Field: Examining Gender, Social Justice and Sports

8:15 a.m.- 8:30 p.m., Performance Center, Natali Student Center



Presenter: Stacy Tanner
Title: Through a Feminist Lens: American Sport Film Since Title IX

Presenters: Katie Sullivan Barak, Dr. Vikki Krane, Dr. Sally R. Ross, Cathryn Lucas-Carr, Courtney Robinson
Title: Socially Responsible Images of Female College Athletes


Presenter: Lindsay Parks Pieper
Title: Transsexual Athletic Inclusion:  A History of Cementing Sex Segregation, Promoting Patriarchy and Casting Deviancy in Sport

Presenter: Dr. Bonnie J. Siple
Title: Mentoring Black Women Students in Athletic Training Education: An Instrument of Social Justice

Presenter: Dr. Andrae Marak
Title: Baseball, Masculinity, Cultural Imperialism, and the Carranza Propaganda Machine

Presenter: Dr. Barbara J. Denison, Jennifer S. Grassel
Title: Contrasting Approaches to Gender Equality in Athletics: Examining China and the United States

11-12:15: Break for Lunch   


Presenter: Dr. Jeanine Weekes Schroer
Title: Keeping Score: The NFL, Women’s Tennis, and the Gendered Identity of Sports

Presenter: Dr. Jaime Schultz
Title: Sex Testing in Elite Women’s Sport and the Question of Advantage

Presenter: Dr. Carol M. Biddington
Title: The Pregnant Athlete

Presenter: Dr. Dionne L. Koller
Title: Title XI: Defining the Content of Educated Based Sports Programs and the Content of Gender Equity in Sport


Presenter: Dr. Rachel M. Madsen
Title: Social Role Theory and the Preference for Male Coaches

Presenter: Dr. Jennifer L. Hoffman
Title: The Senior Woman Administrator & Equity in Intercollegiate Athletics:  A Social Justice Perspective Part II

Presenters: Nancy Jo Greenawalt, Dr. Paula M. Parker
Title: Preferences Revisited: A Qualitative Examination of Gender and Coaching

Presenter: Dr. Jeffrey N. Gerson
Title: The Declining Number of Women’s Head Coaches in College Ice Hockey: An Oral History


Speaker Dr. Deborah Brake, University of Pittsburgh, author of “Getting in the Game: Title IX and the Women’s Sports Revolution”

4:45-5:15 Poster Session

Presenter: Lindsey McGuire
Title: Female underrepresentation in athletic administration: A review and analysis of theories and reasoning

Presenter: LeKesha L. Perry
Title: When Playing Isn’t Enough: Perceptions of Hiring Women as Sports and Recreation Managers

Presenter: Vanessa MacKinnon
Title: Gender Discrimination in Golf

Presenter: Dr. Libby Larsen
Title: Fast Horses and Strong Women: Racing in the Vicious Oval

Presenter: Lauren K. Marron
Title: A Place for Women in Athletic Administration

Presenter: Dr. Susan Frietsche
Title: Challenges to Achieving Gender Equity in School Athletics

Presenter: Krystina Sarff
Title: NCAA Rowing as a Serious Leisure Pursuit: A Space for Women’s for Identity Creation

Presenters: JP Staszel, Erin Paun
Title: Exploring recent physical performance work completed with a series of collaborative artists as part of Annie Sprinkles “Love Art Lab”

Presenters: Dr. Vikki Krane, Dr. Sally R. Ross, Katie S. Barak
Title: Authentic depictions: Women athletes' self-designed photographic portrayals

March 23

Ariko Iso
9 a.m., Hamer Hall - room 136 B/C

Presentation by the athletic trainer for the Pittsburgh Steelers, the only female athletic trainer in the National Football League.

Alexis Jones
5 p.m., Steele Hall

Presentation by social entrepreneur, writer and television host on Generation Y, leadership and social entrepreneurism.

Vagina Monologues
7 p.m., Blaney Theatre
With humor and grace, this award-winning play by Eve Ensler celebrates women's sexuality.
$5 students; $10 community

March 24

Vagina Monologues
7 p.m., Blaney Theatre
With humor and grace, this award-winning play by Eve Ensler celebrates women's sexuality.
$5 students; $10 community

March 25

Vagina Monologues
7 p.m., Blaney Theatre
With humor and grace, this award-winning play by Eve Ensler celebrates women's sexuality.
$5 students; $10 community

March 29

Dr. Jackson Katz
11 a.m., Natali Student Center - room 206-207

Coaches' workshop.

Dr. Jackson Katz
7 p.m., LRC, Morgan Hall
Presentation on the connection between sports and violence against women, including thoughts on the Ben Roethlisberger case.

Alexis Jones

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Jessica Mendoza Biography

Alexis Jones Biography

Jackson Katz Biography

Vulcan Garage

Alexis Jones

Portrait of Alexis Jones.

Jackson Katz

Portrait of Dr. Jackson Katz