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Women in Sports: Cindy Whitehead’s GN4LW Skateboard Conversation Kit Resources

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Civics +4 Age Levels Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old)

A skateboarding pioneer, Cindy Whitehead turned pro at seventeen, skating both pool and half-pipe and becoming one of the top-ranked vert skaters while competing against the boys—something girls were not doing in the mid-1970s. But Whitehead had no choice but to wear boys’ shorts when competing; there were no skate products for girls in the 1970s.

She changed that in 2013 with her girl-empowered brand Girl is NOT a 4 Letter Word (GN4LW). Whitehead is especially supportive of young female skaters through the GN4LW skate team and products which are geared towards women and girls.  

Whitehead’s signature phrase printed in gold on many of the GN4LW products personifies her independent spirit, "Live life balls to the wall. Do epic sh*t. Take every dare that comes your way. You can sleep when you’re dead." 


This Learning Lab collection contains artifacts and resources that support the Conversation Kit on Cindy Whitehead's GN4LW Skateboard as part of the Smithsonian's American Women's History Initiative. #BecauseOfHerStory

Artifacts

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Skate shoes worn by Cindy Whitehead

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Original art work by Cindy Whitehead

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Original art work by Cindy Whitehead

National Museum of American History

Original art work by Cindy Whitehead

National Museum of American History

Original art work by Cindy Whitehead

National Museum of American History

Podcast

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Articles

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Videos

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U.S. National Team Soccer Jersey, worn by Mia Hamm

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JogBra experimental design

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