Call for Book Chapters | Women in Sports: Breaking Barriers, Facing Obstacles


Dr. Adrienne Milner, Dept. of Sociology at University of Alabama@Birmingham, is developing a two-volume book project to be published by ABC-CLIO-Praeger addressing women’s sport involvement in contemporary society. The volume highlights individual sportswomen as well as general empirical trends surrounding women’s sports participation.

Women’s inclusion and exclusion and equitable and inequitable treatment in sports have large scale social, legal, health, and economic consequences.  Furthermore, women are continuing to break barriers in all aspects of sports, and scholars and the general public are beginning to recognize sex disparities in sports as a social problem.  This project provides a comprehensive overview of the “the state of women in sports,” by including both current events and qualitative and quantitative research.  The volume also utilizes a sociological approach to discussing women in sports by questioning dominant ideology surrounding biological notions of athletic inferiority and by examining other social constructs which affect women’s experiences in sports, such as race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and sexual orientation.

Submissions from current and former sports participants and professionals are welcome. Possible topics for book chapters include the following, but are not limited to:

  • The 2015 Women’s World Cup and the 2015 U.S team;
  • Serena and Venus Williams;
  • new NFL interviewing requirements;
  • Mo’Ne Davis;
  • Ronda Rousey;
  • Kacy Catanzaro;
  • Jen Welter;
  • Noora Räty: The 2016 NCAA Basketball Tournament changes in regulations;
  • Cassandra Brown;
  • Sam Gordan;
  • Pat Summit;
  • Diane Nyad;
  • Lindsay Vonn;
  • Shelby Osborne;
  • Sarah Hudek;
  • Michele Roberts;
  • Becky Hammon;
  • Brittany Griner;
  • Hope Solo;
  • Lakatriona “Bernice” Brunson;
  • The 2012, 2014, and 2016 Olympic Games;
  • pay inequality;
  • roller derby;
  • bobsled;
  • motorsports;
  • female sports journalism;
  • sex integration in athletics;
  • abuse;
  • eating disorders;
  • sex-typed sports and biological assumptions;
  • female athletes of color;
  • LGBT athletes;
  • extreme female athletes;
  • fat female athletes;
  • women in leadership roles (e.g., coaches, owners, and committee members);
  • injury risk; and
  • sexed uniforms.

Please submit abstracts as Microsoft Word documents no longer than 500 words to by May 1, 2016 for feedback and further submission information. Full drafts of papers will be submitted by July 1, 2016 for review although final revisions will not be due until October 15, 2016.

Please feel free to contact Adrienne about submission details or with any questions.

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