Women in Baseball Week 2020 is here! Join in July 19-25, 2020 wherever you are, anytime during the week. How? That’s up to you! If you are involved with baseball yourself, post on your favorite social media site using #WomeninBaseballWeek and tagging @IWBC4me in your posts. If you are part of a team, museum, library, historical society, or other group that have local women who have left their mark on baseball in your region, share their contributions with the world. Again, be sure to use #WomeninBaseballWeek and tag @IWBC4me so we can highlight your stories here.
Women in Baseball Week is an annual, worldwide event recognizing the value, diversity, and cultural significance of women in baseball. Women play a vital role in all aspects of the sport north, south, east and west–-help us celebrate each one! Tournaments, teams, libraries, museums, and individuals will join the International Women’s Baseball Center to recognize women’s contributions to baseball around the globe.
Team Work, the Women in Baseball Week theme for 2020, celebrates the power in relying on one another to effect positive change, whether on the field or when faced with unprecedented global challenges. While recent years have seen more women on the field, behind the plate, and in the broadcast booth, this momentum can only be sustained with everyone’s investment in working together. By joining forces and supporting those with similar goals, we create more opportunities, expand youth participation, and encourage a culture that places women at the center of the world’s best sport. What does teamwork mean to you? How has a group dynamic positively impacted your game, your community, or your goals? This is the week to celebrate your efforts! Share your story and join those worldwide who step up to the sport for a stronger tomorrow.
How you can participate:
- Promote your team and playing opportunities
- Highlight your participation in baseball with a photo or story
- Learn about the history of women in baseball
- Spotlight your organization’s materials that document women in baseball
- Share your local history of women in baseball
Share your events and experiences online! Add #WomeninBaseballWeek and tag @IWBC4me to add your chapter to the story.
Here are a few of the events scheduled for this year’s celebration!
Events throughout the summer will be posted here. If you have a Women in Baseball event to share, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
SABR & IWBC Women in Baseball Conference: Call for Papers May 1, 2020 – July 15, 2020
The International Women’s baseball Center is once again partnering with the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) in sponsoring the 2nd Annual Women in Baseball Conference. Topics honoring the 100th anniversary of the Negro Leagues and all topics related to women in baseball are welcome. Seeking panels, individual oral and poster presentations, and other demonstrations of baseball scholarship. For more information, contact Dr. Leslie Heaphy at email@example.com.
The Community Cup Classic Foundation, the Josh Gibson Foundation, and Lifeline Sports: Women Negro League Players (Cleveland, OH [Virtual Event] ) – July 25, 2020
When the history of baseball’s Negro Leagues is told, the women who were part of the game should not be forgotten. During the early 1950s as the league was fighting for its survival, 3 women were signed and played for the Indianapolis Clowns. While racism and ‘Jim Crow’ laws were rampant, these women also faced sexism from fans, teammates and opponents alike.They were not the only women in Negro League baseball. There was also Effa Manley – Co-Owner of the Newark Eagles with her husband Abe. Effa was active as manager and major promoter of the team. She was at the helm when the Eagles won the Negro League World Series in 1946 as well as when stars from the team were signed by Major League baseball franchises (Larry Doby, Monte Irvin, Don Newcombe…).This presentation with historian Ike Brooks will shed light on some of their experiences during those times.
This event will be held online. For more information or to register, visit: Women Negro League Players: A Virtual and Worldwide Negro League Centennial Event
Beginning in 2017, baseball fans around the globe have celebrated Women in Baseball Week in their own ways. Here are some of the people and organizations that participated.
Women in Baseball Week, developed by Ryan Woodward, is a project of the International Women’s Baseball Center. Contact Ryan at firstname.lastname@example.org.