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Women’s Sports in the 1970’s

At Suffield Academy, along with the majority of the United States, woman were not allowed to play in any major sports such as baseball, basketball or tennis due to the fact that they were considered “male sports”. In the early 1970’s, woman were again granted into Suffield Academy making it no longer an all-boys school. Soon later, woman were allowed to play in the same sports that men were, regardless of what the sport may be. In 1972, a civil rights act (Title IX or Title 9) allowed women to have equal opportunity in education along with playing the same sports as men do. An activist movement also resulted in colleges supplying equal funding for women’s sports as done for men’s. As an example of women excelling in sports due to this change; Billie Jean King was a female tennis player who received $10,000 for her victory in the U.S Open Final versus the male winner who won $25,000. The year after this, she faced a male player named Bobby Riggs for a prize of $100,000 and was victorious; this competition was not official but was simply for “bragging rights”. This was a huge step for women in sports as it portrayed the image that women can do what men do. Overall, Suffield Academy allowing women to partake in major sports so early on is quite remarkable as it took a long time for the entire country to follow along with this movement.

Driving Question: I would like to know, when were the women’s sports teams able to play against other schools in major sports? In other words, when did other schools change in the way Suffield did?

Required Skills: Analytical skills along with some statistical skills.

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https://www.biography.com/news/battle-of-the-sexes-true-story-facts

https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/tix_dis.html

Lesbian Society Impact on Suffield

While I was searching the archives for articles that had significance to women history, I came upon this article about the Lesbian Society. I instantly grew interest and that night i went home and did further research on it. After doing a lot of research, I learned that the Lesbian Society was a very important group in Suffield. Even though the name of the group sounds like they had something to do with the LGBTQIA, they actually had nothing to do with it. They were a group that was formed to provide entertainment and relive during a time where the United States was fighting in World War I. I would like to research the Lesbian Society because i think that the Lesbian Society provided joy and calmness by providing dances, camps, festivals, and reception. This was not an easy time for Suffield as a lot of mothers were left alone to take care of the children and provide and times were only getting harder. The Lesbian Society was formed to make times easier for the ones who weren’t in the war and was at home fighting the homefront. What I would like to know is who were the key players in the Lesbian Society and how it was formed? I will need to search for more information about the Lesbian Society in our local archives. I can also check Suffield Academy’s archives, and I will reach out to members of the Suffield Historical Society and check records in the town hall.

The Lesbian Society is putting on a dance for the town of Suffield at Suffield Academy’s gymnasium. 

Sources
https://search.proquest.com/docview/556534008/EF821944C45C4808PQ/2?accountid=46995

https://search.proquest.com/docview/555593239/EF821944C45C4808PQ/3?accountid=46995

https://search.proquest.com/docview/555851477/EF821944C45C4808PQ/4?accountid=46995

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Keeping Southwest in the Air

interview-herb-kelleher-slide500Guy Raz sits down to talk to the creator of Southwest Airlines. Herb shows how he had to persevere through tough times at the beginning of the now billion dollar company. He maintained a high level of belief in his idea of this company and that pushed him to keep the company afloat. Many of the traits and tools that Herb showed in this podcast can be useful in a PBL classroom, like our own.

How I Built This: Southwest Airlines

https://one.npr.org/?sharedMediaId=502344848:502624633

Where did the idea of Southwest come from? How quickly did Herb move on this idea? What does this quick move show?

While battling in court and the board wanting to give up the fight, what did Herb do? What did this show? What was his motivation?

How did Herb and Southwest persuade some customers to fly with them? What was the interesting fact that came up as a result of this?

What was something different that Southwest did that others airlines thought they had to have. In other words, how could Southwest bring their prices to be so low?

What was unique about how Southwest bought their air fleet?

Why does Herb think that Southwest thrived while other airlines failed?