Research & Projects


Here you will find links to research & projects affiliated with or sponsored by the Center for Feminist Research and USC Gender Studies Program.


Gender in Televised Sports: News and Highlights Shows, 1989 - 2009

Girls' and women's participation rates in organized sports have soared in recent decades, but according to the CFR Gender in Televised Sports report, media coverage of women's sports continues to lag.  Every five years since 1989, USC professor of sociology and gender studies Michael Messner and his colleagues examine the quality and quantify of coverage of men's and women's sports on three network affiliate news shows, and on ESPN's SportsCenter.  The 2010 study revealed that sports news and highlights shows continue largely to ignore or trivialize women's sports, as well as many men's sports, in effect supporting a continued cultural valuation of the central men's sports of basketball, football, and baseball.

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