Super Girls Giving Challenge
It's not too late to be a CHAMPION!
GFWC's Super Girls Giving Challenge lets you turn your team allegiance into opportunities for girls and women to participate in and reap the benefits of competitive sports. We are challenging GFWC members to join us on Team Super Girls!
Visit GFWC's Marketplace between Monday, February 4, and Friday, February 22 to make your donation. You may also mail checks to GFWC Headquarters, c/o Super Girls Giving Challenge; all donations must arrive at GFWC Headquarters by Friday, February 22.
Join us on Monday, February 25, as we present a check for the total donated by GFWC members to the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport, and recognize donors on the GFWC website.
QUESTIONS? Contact GFWC Communications & Public Relations Director Nikki Willoughby by e-mail or call 202/347-3168.
MORE ABOUT GIRLS AND WOMEN IN SPORTS
They may not be on your television during Super Bowl XLII on Sunday, February 3, but girls and women are definitely in sports. In fact, female participation in high school athletics has increased by 800 percent over the last 30 years. However, much distance remains between the current status of women and girls in sports and the ultimate goal of gender equity.
In 1972 one in 27 high school girls played sports. Today one in 2.5 does. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 has changed the playing field significantly. By 2001 nearly 2.8 million girls participated in athletics, representing 41.5 percent of varsity athletes in U.S. high schools—an increase of more than an 847 percent from 1971.
Progress on college campuses also has been impressive. Today 150,916 women compete in intercollegiate sports, accounting for 43 percent of college varsity athletes—an increase of more than 403 percent from 1971. Contrary to media reports, men’s participation levels at both the high school and college level have also increased.
Research studies commissioned by the Women’s Sports Foundation in 1998 and 2000 found that girls who play sports enjoy greater physical and emotional health and are less likely to engage in a host of risky health behaviors (i.e., drug use, smoking, and drinking) than nonparticipants. Other studies have linked sports participation to reduced incidences of breast cancer and osteoporosis later in life. Yet compared to boys, girls enjoy 30 percent fewer opportunities to participate in high school and college sports and are twice as likely to be inactive.
The general perception is that girls now have equal opportunities in all areas of athletics. But that's just not true.
- In 2005-2006 there were 2.9 million girls participating in high school athletics. They made up 41% of high school athletes, even though they represent more than 49% of the high school student population.
- In 2005-2006 there were 171,000 women participating in college athletics.
- Women comprise 43% of all collegiate athletic opportunities even though they represent 55% of the college student population.
- Each year male athletes receive $137 million more than female athletes in college athletic scholarships at NCAA member institutions.
- Women in Division I colleges are over 50% of the student body, but receive only 32% of athletic recruiting dollars and 37% of athletic operating budgets.
- In 2001-02, only 44% of coaches of women's teams were women. In 1972, the number was over 90 percent.
RESOURCES FOR MORE INFORMATION
»National Association for Girls and Women in Sports
»Women's Sports Foundation
»Real Women in Sports
»Women's Sports Wire
»Title IX, Education Amendments of 1972
»Save Title IX