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Going to Bat for Girls

This article is from the Teaching Tolerance curriculum kit, A Place at the Table.
Author
Teaching Tolerance Staff
Grade Level
6-8

Text Dependent Questions
Question
Why did the superintendent’s response fuel Fritson’s anger?
Answer
He acknowledged that gender equity was important, but his words and actions showed that money and community interest was more important.
Question
The author writes that Fritson didn’t want to file a formal complaint because her kids went to the schools in question, and she loved her job working for the school. What inference can you draw from this information?
Answer
Fritson believes that her children would be treated differently and her employment would be affected if she filed a formal complaint.
Question
Reread the remarks from the television reporter and local minister, beginning with, “As one television reporter put it.” Explain these remarks in your own words.
Answer
Friday night football is so important to the town that it feels sacred or extremely important, special, untouchable. Not only did Fritson want to challenge the existing football game, but she wanted female athletics to take the place of it or at least have a place alongside it in some manner. And the local minister likened football to a god in Nebraska.
Question
Describe some of the turning points in Fritson’s quest.
Answer
1. When she read a copy of the Title IX law;
2. When she learned about others fighting for female athletes in Omaha;
3. When she met Kristen Galles.