Title IX is a piece of legislation included in the Education Amendments 1972 that requires schools that receive federal funds to provide girls and women with equal opportunity to compete in sports. So all of a sudden girls got off the sidelines and onto the playing fields. And we say "AMEN!" to that.
· Research suggests that girls who participate in sports are more likely to experience academic success and graduate from high school than those that do not play sports. · Half of all girls that participate in some kind of sports experience higher levels of self-esteem and less depression. · Teenage female athletes are less likely to use drugs than teenage female non-athletes. · Teenage athletes are less than half likely to get pregnant as teenage non athletes. · The female student athletes that enroll in college have a higher graduation rate than their non-athlete female counterparts.
First, we can play. We can compete with our daughters and with our sons. The best vehicle for change is the example we set for our children. Coach. Yes, coach. Even if you don't exactly know how to, just learn. It is important that our little ones see women as authorities on sport. Spend wisely. Spend your money with companies and colleges that support women athletes. Organize. Get your girls involved in playing sport, any sport, by the age of 5 or 6. If that means organizing a rec. league, organize it! You want your daughter to have a solid base of sports participation and enjoyment well before puberty hits.
1 in 27 # of high school girls competing in sports prior to Title IX 1 in every 2.5 # of high school girls competing in sports today 3714 more women's teams on college campuses than there were in 1972 989 more men's teams 32,000 # of female college athletes in 1972 164,998 # of female college athletes today 8.7 The average number of women's teams offered per NCAA school in 2005. 2 # of women's teams offered per NCAA school in 1972 33% of total NCAA athletic budgets spent on ALL women's sports % of NCAA men's athletic budget which goes to football and basketball
AND it's not just about sports, it's about equal opportunity in all aspects of publicly-funded education. 7% of law degrees earned by women in 1972 47 % of law degrees earned by women in 2007 9 % of medical degrees earned by women in 1972 43% of medical degrees earned by women in 2007