Kristi Tredway, visiting assistant professor of the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program at St. Mary’s College, has a book contract with Routledge. The book, “Social Activism in Women’s Tennis: Generations of Politics and Cultural Change,” based largely on her dissertation, chronicles the lineage of social activism in women’s professional tennis from 1968, when tennis became “open,” to the present.
Though the main message of women’s sporting equality has remained the same since 1968, the lineage of social activism in women’s tennis has distinguishable cohorts as women’s tennis gained strength, outside politics evolved, and new players entered the space of women’s tennis while others left. Players from previous generations inculcated new players to the culture and politics of women’s tennis at the same time that these new players brought with them new cultural and political frameworks for understanding the world around them. Routledge expects to publish this book in 2019.