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Gender Inequalities in Sports Subject of March 8 Lecture

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“Still On the Sidelines: Why 2015 Was Not the ‘Year of Women in Sports’” is the topic of the March 8 Distinguished Scholar Lecture, featuring Cheryl Cooky of Purdue University’s Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program. Cal State Fullerton’s Center for Sociocultural Sport and Olympic Research is hosting the free event, open to the public.


10 a.m. Tuesday, March 8


Titan Student Union’s Titan Theatre
Cal State Fullerton
800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, 92831


Cooky is an associate professor of American studies and an affiliate faculty member of the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies at Purdue University. She earned her doctorate in sociology and a gender studies certificate from USC. Her research centers on the ways gender shapes experiences, cultural meanings and societal structures in sports.

Cooky’s articles have been published by: Communication & Sport, Feminist Studies, the Sociology of Sport Journal and Journal of Sport and Social Issues. She serves as president of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport and has been recognized by The Feminist Wire as a “Feminist We Love.”


“From the outside, women’s sports appear to have come a long way. However, barriers to participation and various forms of gender inequality persist for females in sport. Dr. Cooky will examine the many ways women remain marginalized in the current sports climate,” said John Gleaves, associate professor of kinesiology and a co-director of the Center for Sociocultural Sport and Olympic Research.


The Center for Sociocultural Sport and Olympic Research in the College of Health and Human Development promotes education and research concerning sport and the Olympic Games in their broadest cultural, social and political dimensions. The center’s goals include cross-disciplinary research on issues related to sport.

More Info:

Contact John Gleaves, Kinesiology, 657-278-5907,

Media Contacts:

John Gleaves, Kinesiology, 657-278-5907 
Debra Cano Ramos, 657-278-4027