Where Are the Women? Maybe On the Football Field

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LSU socceer kicker and homecoming queen Mary (Mo) Isom will be trying out for the LSU Tigers football team soon, attempting to show that, like Katie Hnida, she has the right stuff to split the uprights as a place kicker for a college football team. Now, the Tigers are not just any team. The LSU Tigers are last year’s number 1 college team (we won’t discuss that little game with ‘Bama in the Superdome).  For women to play for college teams in general would be an enormous step forward for gender equality. For women to play for the top teams would send a great message, not just about the athletic ability of women, but about the willingness of football coaches and staff and football players to accept young women onto college teams, especially given Ms. Hnida’s horrible experiences at Colorado.

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