IRRPP “Denied” Book Launch

Date / Time

October 26, 2023

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm


Join the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy for an exciting conversation. Michelle Manno, assistant provost for diversity and inclusion at Northwestern University, will be discussing and reading from her new book, “Denied: Women, Sports, and the Contradictions of Identity.” Manno will be joined for a lively conversation with Coach Ashleen Bracey, UIC women’s basketball head coach.

Date: Oct. 26
Time: 4:30-6 p.m.
Location: UIC Student Center East, room 301 or on Zoom
About the book: A courtside view of how women athletes’ identities are policed, on and off the court. Women’s college basketball is big business — top teams bring in millions of dollars in revenue for their schools. Women’s NCAA games are broadcast regularly on sports networks, and many of the top players and coaches are household names. Yet these athletes face immense pressure to be more than successful at their sport. They must conform to expectations about gender, sexuality and race — expectations that are often in direct contrast to success in the game. They are not supposed to have muscles that are too big, they are not supposed to be too tough, they are not supposed to be too masculine or “look like men,” and they are not supposed to be queer.

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