The Futures of Women’s Soccer Symposium coverage:
- Futures of Women's Soccer on Storify
- Panelist Shireen Ahmed's blog post, "The Futures of Women's Soccer"
- Soccer Politics blog's Anthony Russo on the keynote address, "Jean Williams at the Soccer Symposium"
The Futures of Women’s Soccer one-day symposium was held at the Forum for Scholars & Publics on April 10, 2015. It brought together scholars, journalists, and former players to discuss the past and future of women’s soccer, exploring how history can help to understand the institutional barriers and models for development that have surrounded women’s participation in the game, and discuss what the best strategies are for cultivating full and equal participation. The symposium also explored the role of sexism in the media and how it influences the coverage of women’s soccer. Also discussed was the upcoming Women’s World Cup in Canada, and what can beexpected from this tournament both on and off the pitch.
The conference was co-organized by Laurent Dubois and Joshua Nadel of North Carolina Central University.
“Women and Soccer: Research Agendas and Policy Debates”
10 a.m. -- 11:30 a.m.
By Jean Williams, DeMontfort University
Panel 1: Institutional Impediments and Models of Development
12 - 2 p.m. (A light lunch will be available for all attendees)
How does an understanding of the history of women’s soccer help us understand its current configuration and challenges? What are the best strategies for developing women’s soccer: incorporation into powerful sporting institutions, or cultivating alternative institutions? If we could create the ideal institutional contexts for supporting women’s soccer today, what would they look like?
Brenda Elsey, Professor, Hofstra University
Carla Overbeck, Former Captain of U.S. National Team, and Assistant Coach of Duke University Women’s Soccer
Cindy Parlow Cone, Former player of U.S. National Team & Coach
Jen Schaefer, Emory University
Moderator: Jennifer Doyle, University of California, Riverside
Panel 2: The Role of Media
How does sexism in the media operate with regards to the representation and coverage of women’s soccer? How has media coverage evolved in the past decades? What kind of role can today’s media – both mainstream outlets and alternative spheres, including social media – play in supporting women’s soccer?
Shireen Ahmed, Writer and Blogger
Jennifer Doyle, Professor, University of California, Riverside
Sarah Gehrke, Media Relations and Social Media, Washington Spirit
Monica Gonzalez, Former player of Mexican National Team & ESPN Analyst
Moderator: Jean Williams, De Montfort University