Celebrate Women in SportsFebruary 06, 2008
Wednesday, Feb. 6, is National Girls and Women in Sports Day, a day to celebrate the great “strides” that women and girls have made in sports at all levels. Over the last 35 years, Title IX has dramatically increased the number of girls and women participating in school sports. In fact, the National Coalition for Women and Girls in Education, chaired by AAUW, recently released a new report on the effect Title IX has had on sex discrimination, both on and off the playing field.
AAUW’s Capitol Hill Lobby Corps has been busy delivering copies of Title IX at 35: Beyond the Headlines to members of the U.S. House of Representatives and urging them to support legislation that will help us find out how well Title IX is being enforced in our high schools and where we might need to make improvements. You too can ask your representative to support the High School Athletics Accountability Act using AAUW’s Two-Minute Activist tool.
On this day to celebrate girls and women in sports, we invite you to share your thoughts about the influence sports and Title IX have had in your life. How did being a female athlete positively affect you or someone you know? Why do you feel it’s important that we continue our work on Title IX?