Mariah Burton Nelson is the author of The Stronger Women Get,
The More Men Love Football: Sexism and the American Culture of
Sports (Harcourt Brace 1994, Avon Paperbacks, 1995), that was
nominated for awards by the Center for the Study of Sport in Society
and the North American Society for Sport Sociology. Her first
book, Are We Winning Yet? How Women Are Changing Sports and Sports
Are Changing Women (Random House 1991) received the Amateur Athletic
Foundation's Book Award. She is currently working on The Courage
to Compete: Winning, Losing, and Intimacy in Women's Lives (William
Morrow 1997), and writes the first and only nationally syndicated
women's sports column, for Knight-Ridder/Tribune, that is distributed
to 320 newspapers. Nelson majored in psychology at Stanford ('78),
where she averaged 19 points per game on the basketball team and
was the captain and leading scorer and rebounder her last three
years. One rebound record is unbroken. She played for pro teams
in France (Clermont-Ferrand) and the United States (New Jersey
Gems). She later received a masters in public health from San
Jose State University.
A former weekly columnist for the Washington Post and editor of
Women's Sports and Fitness magazine, she has written for the New
York Times, USA TODAY, Ms. Magazine, Glamour, Shape, Fitness,
Cosmopolitan, and many other periodicals.
In her role as the nation's leading expert on gender and sports,
Nelson has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, The
Phil Donahue Show, Larry King Live, Dateline; CBS's Evening News;
Crossfire, Geraldo Rivera; The Maury Povitch Show, and hundreds
of other television and radio shows. She is featured in a documentary
about homophobia in women's sports called Out for a Change.
In 1988 she won the Women's Sports Foundation/Miller Lite Magazine
Journalism Award. She was a finalist for the same award in 1990,
1991, and 1994. In 1994 she won the Fort Wayne Women's Bureau's
Nancy Rehm Memorial Award "for honest reporting of girls
and women in sports." In 1995 she was presented with the
National Organization for Women's award for excellence in sports
writing. In 1996 she will receive the National Association of
Girls and Women in Sport's Guiding Woman in Sport Award, and will
be inducted into the National Girls and Women in Sport Symposium
Hall of Fame.
Nelson lectures frequently on college campuses and at conferences.
She currently competes in masters swimming events (specializing
in the 1500-meter freestyle; her time is in the top five nationally
for her age group) and coaches her mother, Sarah Burton Nelson,
who recently set two Arizona state breaststroke records for women
She can be reached at: Mariahbn@aol.com.
When Women Win Too Much
The Courage to Lead from the Heart
Paid To Play A Game
My Mother, My Rival, MS magazine, reprinted in "A Kind of
from this article: "Competiton is about passion for perfection,
and passion for other people who join in this impossible quest.
What better way to get to know someone than to test your abilities
together, to be daring and sweaty and exhausted together."
©Copyright 1996 by Jan Meyer.