At my school, there are announcements every day about the football games and the boys’ basketball games. I’m on the girls’ varsity basketball team and we rock! We’ve won almost all of our games last season. It feels terrible that they don’t announce my games in the morning. I want to do something about that. I want everyone at school to know how great our team is and I want them to come to our games!
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