The Hosts

Ahmed is standing in front of large white windows. She has her hands in the pocket of a gray coat, underneath which is a coral-colored shirt. She's wearing black pants, a light blue hijab, black shoes, and sunglasses on the top of her head.Shireen Ahmed is a shouty Brown woman. She is a writer, public speaker and sports activist who focuses on Muslim women, and the intersections of racism and misogyny in sports.  Her work has been featured and discussed in various media outlets. When she isn’t watching Netflix, she drinks coffee as tool of resistance. Shireen is currently working on her first book. She lives in Mississauga with her family and two amazing cats, Sitara and Zeytoun.


This is a headshot of Julie, from the shoulders up. She is looking over her right shoulder toward the camera. Her curly red hair is down, she has gold earrings, and is smiling. Julie DiCaro is a sports radio host and freelance writer in Chicago, IL.  In another life, Julie was an attorney who concentrated on criminal defense and, later, working with domestic violence victims.  She has written for outlets such as The Cauldron at Sports Illustrated, Vice Sports, Deadspin, and CBS. She recently won a Peabody, CLIO Grand, and Gracie Award for her work on the viral video #MoreThanMean.


Elsey is standing in front of a bookcase full of books. She is on the right side of the screen. You can see her from the waste up and she is facing forward, looking at the camera. She's wearing a long-sleeve button-down gray shirt. Her brown hair is parted o the side and is hanging down past her shoulders. She has a bobby pin holding hair back on the right side. She is smiling, closed-lips. Brenda Elsey is an associate professor of History at Hofstra University and lives in the Hudson Valley. Her research focuses on the intersection of gender, politics, and sports – especially in Latin America. She is the author of Citizens and Sportsmen: Fútbol and Politics in Twentieth-Century Chile and the forthcoming Futbolera: Women, Sports, and Sexuality in Latin America (with Josh Nadel). Her patronus is the Eastern Cottontail rabbit.


This is a headshot of Lindsay from the shoulders up. She is facing forward, looking directly at the camera. She's wearing an olive green shirt with a wide v-neck opening and a black shirt underneath. Her curly brown hair is parted in the middle and just hits her shoulders. She is smiling, closed lips. Lindsay Gibbs is the Sports Reporter at ThinkProgress, where she writes on the intersection of sports, social issues, and politics. Her writing has also appeared in Sports on Earth, Bleacher Report, Vice Sports, USA Today, Tennis magazine, Tennis.com, The Cauldron, FanSided, and The Classical, among others. Lindsay is the author of the historical fiction novel Titanic: The Tennis Story and the co-founder of the tennis blog The Changeover. She attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she studied film and television production.


Jessica is shot from the waist up. Her image is black and white. She's wearing a dark shirt with a dark blazer over it. Her blonde hair is swept to the side and over her shoulder. She is smiling, looking straight at the camera. Jessica Luther is a freelance journalist living in Austin, Texas. Her work has appeared in ESPN Magazine, New York Times Magazine, and the Texas Observer, and at the New York Times, Sports Illustrated, BuzzFeed, and Texas Monthly. Over the last few years, she has written extensively on the intersection of sports and violence off the field, especially college football and sexual assault. Her book Unsportsmanlike Conduct: College Football and the Politics of Rape was published by Akashic Books in 2016. She loves romance novels, making and eating biscuits, and drinking coffee.