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Tucker Center scholars publish

Nicole M. LaVoi, PhD, Tucker Center director and senior lecturer in the School of Kinesiology, and co-author Matea Wasend, former Kinesiology Master’s graduate and Tucker Center research assistant, have published an article in a special issue on women in sport coaching that LaVoi helped co-edit for the Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal. “Are […] [READ MORE]

Kinesiology alumna interviewed on CBS Philly on dispute over equal pay for women’s soccer

Mediation talks broke down over equal pay between the U.S. Women’s National Team and the U.S. Soccer Federation last week, bringing the dispute closer to a jury trial. Caroline Heffernan, assistant professor at Temple University, who received her PhD from the School of Kinesiology in 2018, was interviewed on local TV station CBS Philly on […] [READ MORE]

LaVoi quoted in article on equal pay for professional women soccer players

Tucker Center director Nicole M. LaVoi, PhD, senior lecturer in the School of Kinesiology, was quoted in a long-form article on professional women soccer players’ ongoing struggle for equal pay. The article, “What’s Next for the USWNT and Their Equal Pay Lawsuit?” was published online by The Ringer, a sports and pop culture website and […] [READ MORE]

Tucker Center releases newest Women in College Coaching Report Card

The Tucker Center has released its annual analysis of female vs males holding head coach positions of women’s teams in the NCAA Division I. The report, “Head Coaches of Women’s Collegiate Teams: A Comprehensive Report on NCAA Division-I Institutions, 2018–19,” is authored by Tucker Center director, Nicole M. LaVoi, Ph.D., doctoral student and Pam Borton […] [READ MORE]

LaVoi quoted on U.S. Women’s Soccer coach Jill Ellis’s departure in

Tucker Center director Nicole Lavoi, PhD, was quoted in a PBS NewsHour article on the sudden departure of world champion U.S. Women’s Soccer Team head coach Jill Ellis. Ellis, who is the highest paid women’s soccer coach in the world, said the timing was right for her and her family, but her departure has fueled […] [READ MORE]

MplsStPaul Magazine quotes LaVoi on youth sport equity

Nicole M. LaVoi, PhD, director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport and Senior Lecturer in the School of Kinesiology, is quoted in a Mpls St Paul Magazine article, “Why Do Nine-Year-Old Girls and Boys Play Sports on Separate Teams?” LaVoi’s comments note the benefits of gender equity for children […] [READ MORE]

Tucker Center experts weigh in on pay equity, other issues for professional women athletes

The Women’s World Cup, with issues surrounding pay equity, winning records, and other topics related to professional women athletes, has inspired a world-wide conversation about women in sports at this place in time. And the Tucker Center for Research on Girls and Women in Sport has been a rich source for the media on these […] [READ MORE]

LaVoi research team presents at World Cup Equality Summit

Nicole M. LaVoi, PhD, director of the Tucker Center and senior lecturer in the School of Kinesiology, and a team of gender and sport research colleagues—Drs. Leanne Norman (Leeds Beckett, UK), Donna De Haan (Utrecht University), and Annalies Knoppers (Utrecht University)—gave a presentation on their research at the recent Women’s World Cup “Equal Playing Field: […] [READ MORE]

WWD quotes Kane on women athletes

Mary Jo Kane, Ph.D., director emerita of the Tucker Center and professor in the School of Kinesiology, is quoted in a Women’s Wear Daily article, “U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Win Lifts Sales, Nike Brand, Equality” that emphasizes “a larger and ongoing story about women’s empowerment.” Kane provides commentary on the US Soccer World Champions in particular and women […] [READ MORE]

LaVoi quoted on US Soccer pay inequity

KARE-11 News has quoted Nicole LaVoi, PhD, director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport in the School of Kinesiology, in an online article, “US Women World Cup win fuels fight for equal pay.” LaVoi’s comments favor a common sense approach toward pay equity while noting possible “behind the scenes” […] [READ MORE]