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Veronica Arreola: A Woman Making History

March 6, 2010

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[caption id="attachment_4053" align="alignleft" width="61" caption="Veronica Arreola"]Veronica Arreola[/caption] Veronica Arreola: A Woman Making History
by Rebekah Spicuglia
In light of our recent conversation about women's sports and a lot of other things that have churned in my head over the years of playing sports, I started a Facebook Fanpage called, "I pledge to attend one women's sports event (college/pro) in 2010"
It's that simple. I'm challenging everyone who supports women's sports to put their money down for just one event in 2010.
I'm also asking people to put links up on the page for women's sports teams and leagues so others can fulfill the pledge.
I'm getting a lot of questions about what counts. At the moment, anything where you have to put money down to get in to see women play a sport counts. High school sports and below are iffy at this point. Those ranks seem to be well supported in some ways and in other ways need just as much love. I'm going to start a discussion thread over there to see how everyone feel
From the moment I met Veronica Arreola - an alumna of our Progressive Women's Voices program - I was drawn to her warm, engaging demeanor and determined, live-by-example activism. Recently honored with the Impact Award from the Chicago Foundation for Women, Veronica writes about a range of issues at Viva la Feminista, her blog about the intersection of motherhood and feminism, as well as a ton of other blogs including Kenneth Cole's Awearness, Work it, Mom!, WIMNs Voices, and Chicago Parent. And as I've slowly found my voice as a noncustodial mom and started my own blog, Veronica has been very supportive, something that has meant a great deal to me. I've particular been inspired by Veronica's voice on issues like science and sports, where women are often disregarded. Veronica the Assistant Director of the Center for Research on Women and Gender and directs the Women in Science and Engineering Program at UIC. Her "Science GRRL" column at Girl W/Pen has highlighted an outreach program for pre-college girls to meet women who work in science and research that shows (again) that girls and boys are equally good at math. Kicking off Women's History Month, Veronica is created a Facebook Fanpage for women's sport called, "I pledge to attend one women's sports event (college/pro) in 2010." Women's sports get short shrift - little media attention or funding, and sometimes struggle to be recognized.  Veronica is challenging anyone who cares about women's sports to put their money where their mouth is and go to one paid event in 2010.  I love the simplicity of this campaign. I love the tangible impact our dollars will have. I grew up in a house where the was always a basketball, football, or baseball game on television - and I've never understood the lack of attention for women's sports. Kudos to Veronica for inspiring us all to action!! Join the Facebook Fanpage here: And while you're at it, read this great piece by Veronica on the NCAA's pregnancy guidelines.