Cheerleading is a staple of American culture. The mere mention of it conjures up images of high school — popularity, short skirts, pom poms, and elaborate, acrobatic routines. But is it really a sport?
That question is now before a judge in Connecticut. Five members of Connecticut’s Quinnipiac University volleyball team, plus their coach, filed a lawsuit against the University for cutting their sport, in favor of funding a cheerleading squad. The cheerleading team costs the University less, and has more members — which also helps increase the school’s Title IX numbers.
But the women of the volleyball team are arguing, among other things, that cheerleading is not a sport. Joining us to talk about the case, and its implications for women’s sports, is Linda Carpenter, a professor emerita at Brooklyn College and author of the book “Title 9.”