Monthly Archives: May 2010
I’m a senior and I’ve played softball for all of high school. We’ve had a new coach every year. The coach this past year is really young and never played softball before. My brother plays baseball and has had the same coach all four years. Actually, the baseball coach is also a teacher at school. That seems really unfair.
My Field Sucks is a place where you can share stories, pictures, and videos about your own experience as a female athlete.
- Have you had experiences where you were not given a fair chance to play sports?
- Are your locker rooms in poor condition?
- Is the boys’ field nicer than yours?
- Do girls get the same chances to play chances?
- Are the girls’ games at a good time?
Use the form below to submit your stories. And, please comment on other people’s stories.
When girls, parents, or even coaches complain that girls are getting the short end of the stick compared to boys when it comes to sports, it never ceases to amaze us that schools ignore the problem. By burying their heads in the sand, schools are in essence telling the girls that boys are just more important than they are. But, schools need to address the problem so that their athletic programs comply with the law.
At Castle Park High School in the Sweetwater Union High School District in Chula Vista California, the school chose to ignore complaints from girls and parents that the boys’ baseball team was being provided with better facilities and support than the girls’ softball team. Even after we contacted them, the school continued to provide the girls with an inferior sports program as compared to the boys. So, CWLC and the Legal Aid Society Employment Law Center filed a Title IX class-action lawsuit to force the school to provide the girls with a sports program as good as the boys. That case was filed in 2008 and will go to trial in September.
But not all cases have to go like that.
After parents were unable to resolve the issues on their own, we wrote a letter to the Torrance Unified High School District about the unfair treatment of the girls’ softball team compared to the boys’ baseball team at West High School. After receiving our letter, the school and the district decided to work with us to fix the problem, and by the next softball season the girls program was improved, the facilities were brought up to snuff and the matter was resolved.
Did you know that girls who participate in sports are more likely to continue their education beyond high school and to continue on to the workforce after college?
In February the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania released the study, Beyond the Classroom, by Economist Betsey Stevenson. The study showed that increased athletic participation by girls since 1972 (the year that Title IX was past), explained about 20 percent of the increase in women’s education and about 40 percent of the rise in employment for 25-to-34-year-old women.
When interviewed about the study, Stevenson told the New York Times, “It’s not just that the people who are going to do well in life play sports, but that sports help people do better in life.”
Welcome to JustPlayNow.org, a project of the California Women’s Law Center to stop gender discrimination in high school sports.
Even 38 years after gender discrimination in public schools was outlawed, high school girls still do not have the same chances as boys to thrive in sports. Schools continue to provide boys with more opportunities to play sports, with better facilities, coaching, games and practice times, uniforms, equipment and other treatment and benefits than they provide to girls.
This is unfair and against the law.
JustPlayNow.org has lots of great tools that can help you to pursue athletic equity at your school. You can be the judge of equity in your school’s athletic programs and can use a toolkit to ensure that girls’ are provided fair and equitable athletic opportunities.
Speak up if your school’s athletic programs are not equitable and to empower others as well. You can help to make sure your school treats girls fairly and complies with the law