In the United States, women and girls have the opportunity to participate in athletics at many levels. As the popularity for women’s sports has increased in this country, some have noticed that there is global potential beyond the playing field. The US State Department, along with other organizations and countries, has realized the potential for using athletics as a platform to promote gender equality around the world. Please join YPFP as Ann Cody, Karen Irish, and Pamela Boteler discuss how sports can be used to promote gender equality.
Ann Cody works for the US Department of State as a Program Officer for SportsUnited within the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. In 1988 and 1992, she represented the United States as a wheelchair racer in the Paralympic games, as well as a US wheelchair basketball player in the 1984 games. She also has extensive experience in both the corporate and government sector.
Karen Irish is the Associate Director for Government Relations for the US Olympic Committee. She is also an adjunct faculty member for Georgetown University.
Pamela Boteler is President and Chief Paddling Enthusiast at WomenCAN International. She is the first woman in the U.S. to compete at the U.S. National Championships in sprint canoe, competing against the men. During her athletic career Pamela has participated in 3 World Championships and 5 Pan American Championships. She currently works for the Department of Defense as a Program Manager.
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