Earlier this week, the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) launched a new campaign to address Title IX violations and inequalities in girls’ high school sport. The campaign, “Rally for Girls’ Sports: She’ll Win More Than a Game“, also includes the filling of complaints in 12 school districts from South Dakota to Kentucky.
Some notable stats from this document are ::
- Girls make up half of all high school students nationwide but only 41 percent of all high school athletes, which means that schools provide girls with 1.3 million fewer opportunities to play sports as compared to boys.
- In an effort to save money, state high school athletic associations in Delaware, Florida and Nevada implemented cuts in the numbers of games scheduled for most teams, but specifically spared football from any cuts, thus imposing more of the burden of the economic crisis on girls.
- Women in college receive only 43% of the sports opportunities that schools decide to provide, even though they represent over half of the undergraduates.
These stats are just a teaser from the comprehensive document created by the NWLC. We encourage you to read their briefing paper and become educated on this important topic.
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