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World Cup Watch

Dr. Brenda Elsey
PRI and CNN.com

Brenda Elsey, Associate Professor of History, was interviewed by PRI (Public Radio International) about the first World Cup appearance by the Chilean women’s national team and the societal challenges they’ve overcome to play on the world stage. Professor Elsey has been in France this week covering the World Cup.

Her book, Futbolera: A History of Women and Sports in Latin America, was also cited in a CNN.com article about the US Women Soccer’s team and their 13-0 win over Thailand. This past winter in the US, 28 players with the team filed a federal class action lawsuit against the US Soccer Federation alleging female players have not been treated or paid as well as their male counterparts. The team, currently ranked first in the world, has won the World Cup three times and are four-time Olympic champions. They are poised for another World Cup victory, after their historic game against Thailand, and wins over Chile and Sweden.

Professor Elsey is an expert in gender and sports. Earlier this year she co-directed the symposium “Critical Sports Communities: New Directions in Sports Scholarship, Journalism and Activism” .

She serves as co-director of Latin American and Caribbean Studies and was the recipient of a Fulbright grant that gave her the opportunity to teach and conduct research in Argentina, focusing on the history of women’s soccer, from the 1930s until the present.

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