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Sports page sexism


Date published: 8/14/2014

Sports page sexism

An Aug. 10 headline that read "Can Rice handle the pressure?" caught my eye on Sunday, so I turned to read the article.

It was a story about the panel of football experts who will be determining the four college teams to compete in the national championship playoffs.

Here's the rub: Condoleezza Rice was one of 13 panelists; Condoleezza Rice was the only woman. Yet the headline was about if she--not anyone else--could handle the pressure.

A little bit of sexism here, perhaps? Ms. Rice has surely demonstrated her ability to handle the pressure of being Secretary of State. You think a little college football game will put her over the edge?

Carolyn Creamer

Spotsylvania