and now? she’s gunning to be the first female to coach in the NBA.
There’s been a lot of focus on Jeremy Lin as well there should be. He’s broken some amazing ground as an Asian American in the college basketball and, now, NBA world. But, let’s also give a shout-out to Nakase who’s a pioneer in the NCAA and NBA in her own right.
She may be quite a few years away from becoming a coach, but Nakase has already claimed many firsts in the athletic industry. Prior to working with the L.A. Clippers, she was the first female coach in the Japanese professional men’s basketball league—despite not being familiar with the language—as well as the first Asian American basketball player in the professional National Women’s basketball league in the U.S. during her college years as a point guard at UCLA. READ MORE
Before Gatsby, a 1918 trade catalog for children’s clothing recommended blue for girls. The reasoning at the time was that it’s a “much more delicate and dainty tone,” Finamore says. Pink was recommended for boys “because it’s a stronger and more passionate color, and because it’s actually derived from red.”
To our 21st century ears, all this men in pink stuff may sound a bit blushy. “It’s so deeply entrenched in us and our culture,” says Finamore. “We think of pink as such a girlish color, but it’s really a post-World War II phenomenon.” READ MORE
Astounding how things can change so drastically and become so ingrained.
A photographer seeking to document the next generation of Kazakh eagle hunters in Mongolia discovered a 13-year-old girl who has taken to the male-dominated tradition.
Photographer Asher Svidensky made a four-month trek through western Mongolia, mostly on horseback, and found Han Gohadok and his daughter, Ashol Pan, who had expressed a desire to take up the full-time profession that is centuries old.
Good thing, too, since the ancient pastime is said to be a dying part of Mongolian culture, as young men are leaving their families and the hunting duties behind. As a result, more girls are becoming eagle hunters to replace their brothers, according to the Mail Online.
“In a game that will be remembered for its preposterous shot disparity, the U.S. women’s hockey team advanced to the gold medal game of the Sochi Olympic tournament with a 6-1 semifinal victory over Sweden at Shayba Arena.” Read More
Julie Chu and the rest of the US Ladies’ Olympic Hockey Team have made it to the gold medal game! Really glad that Chu was able to play since she hurt her hand during practice.
“At 31 years old, Chu is the oldest member of the U.S. women’s hockey team. She was the 2007 Patty Kazmaier Award winner in college hockey and left Harvard as the NCAA’s all-time leader with 284 points in 129 games.” Read More
Over the weekend at the Winter X Games in Aspen, the eighth grader from La Palma, California proved she would have been a podium contender in Sochi, taking second in women’s halfpipe behind veteran Kelly Clark and becoming the youngest Winter X Games medalist in history. Read More
This is a stupendously awesome commercial from a toy company called GoldieBlox, which has developed a set of interactive books and games to “disrupt the pink aisle and inspire the future generation of female engineers.” The CEO, Debbie Sterling, studied engineering at Stanford, where she was dismayed by the lack of women in her program.
Only three years or so since first picking up the game of chess, 9-year-old Carissa Yip can already look down at 93 percent of the more than 51,000 players registered with the U.S. Chess Federation.
She has risen so far up the rankings that she has reached the expert level at a younger age than anyone since the chess federation began electronic record-keeping in 1991, a new level she reached in recent weeks.
Her father, Percy, who taught her until she began beating him within a year, said she could reach master level in as soon as a year.
“Some never reach master level,” he said. “From expert to master, it’s a huge jump.”
Females are beginning to take centre stage in the predominantly male-centric sport.
For 17-year-old Mariam Abdul Nazar, learning the intricacies of the lion dance has been an eye-opener, not only for her but her family as well.
The plucky teen, who has been taking lessons for the past three years with the Malaysia Khuan Loke Dragon and Lion Dance Association in Sungai Way, said her experience so far has been a roller-coaster of emotions.
Read more about Mariam’s journey into lion dancing here. You go!