On November 2, 2011 over 150 participants gathered on the University of Minnesota campus to discuss current issues in girls and women and to discuss strategies of change at a conference hosted by the Tucker Center.
In the 40 years since the passage of Title IX, females are participating in sport in record numbers. However, a number of inequalities still exist including lack of media coverage for females athletes, a scarcity of women in positions of power in sport in all positions and at all levels, and a participation gap in sport participation where boys outnumber girls at all levels.
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To hear TC Director Mary Jo Kane and opening keynote speaker Don Sabo talk with MPR’s Kerri Miller on the “leveling of the playing field” for girls and women in sport and media coverage of female athletes, click here.
Stakeholders in attendance included leaders from many key organizations and centers dedicated to women in sport: Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS), The Women’s Sport Foundation’s (WSF), Sports Health and Activity Research and Policy Center for Women and Girls (SHARP), National Association of Girls & Women in Sport (NAGWS), the Program for the Advancement of Girls & Women in Sport and PA, University of North Carolina Greensboro, Alliance of Women Coaches, International Working Group for Women in Sport (IWG), WomenSport International (WSI), Association for Women in Sport Media (AWSM), espnW and more!
A couple related stories to support the ideas above and add to the dialogue that fighting for change for females in sport in particular and for girls and women in general is still necessary.
- Going Deep: Access to clubhouse doesn’t get you in the club. A piece on the lack of female sport journalists.
- Progress for Women, but a Long Way to Go: Women hold fewer than 20 percent of all decision-making national positions, says the World Economic Forum’s sixth annual Global Gender Gap Report 2011.
Look for exciting new partnerships, collaborative projects, and initiatives that participants were discussing at the conference. What will you do to create change for girls and women in sport?