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MEET THE FAB FIVE

 
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Shireen Ahmed

is a shouty Brown woman. She is a writer, public speaker, sports activist, and diversity and inclusion consultant who focuses on Muslim women, and the intersections of racism and misogyny in sports. Her work has been featured and discussed in various media outlets. When she isn’t watching Netflix, she drinks coffee as tool of resistance. Shireen is currently working on her first book. She lives in Mississauga with her family and her amazing cat, Sitara.

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Amira Rose Davis 

is an Assistant Professor of History and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Penn State University. Her research centers on race, gender, sports and politics in 20th Century United States. She is currently working on a book entitled, Can’t Eat a Medal: The Lives and Labors of Black Women Athletes in the Age of Jim Crow. Amira lives with her family in State College, PA.

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Brenda Elsey 

is an Associate Professor of History at Hofstra University and lives in the Hudson Valley. Her research focuses on the intersection of gender, politics, and sports – especially in Latin America. She is the author of Citizens and Sportsmen: Fútbol and Politics in Twentieth-Century Chile and the forthcoming Futbolera: Women, Sports, and Sexuality in Latin America (with Josh Nadel). Her patronus is the Eastern Cottontail rabbit.

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Lindsay Gibbs

is the Sports Reporter at ThinkProgress, where she writes on the intersection of sports, social issues, and politics. Her writing has also appeared in Sports on Earth, Bleacher Report, Vice Sports, USA Today, Tennis magazine, Tennis.com, The Cauldron, FanSided, and The Classical, among others. Lindsay is the author of the historical fiction novel Titanic: The Tennis Story and the co-founder of the tennis blog The Changeover. She attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she studied film and television production.

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Jessica Luther

is a freelance journalist living in Austin, Texas. Her work has appeared in ESPN Magazine, New York Times Magazine, and the Texas Observer, and at the New York Times, Sports Illustrated, BuzzFeed, and Texas Monthly. Over the last few years, she has written extensively on the intersection of sports and violence off the field, especially college football and sexual assault. Her book Unsportsmanlike Conduct: College Football and the Politics of Rape was published by Akashic Books in 2016. She loves romance novels, making and eating biscuits, and drinking coffee.

Photos thanks to Michael T. Davis

 

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Julie DiCaro

is a sports radio host and freelance writer in Chicago, IL.  In another life, Julie was an attorney who concentrated on criminal defense and, later, working with domestic violence victims.  She has written for outlets such as The Cauldron at Sports Illustrated, Vice Sports, Deadspin, and CBS. She recently won a Peabody, CLIO Grand, and Gracie Award for her work on the viral video #MoreThanMean.