Tell Congress: Make Sure Girls Get a Fair Chance in Sports
Did you know that high schools are not required to make information about their sports programs publicly available? We are talking about the basics, such as how many girls and boys are playing and how much is being spent. So if parents, teachers or coaches are concerned that their high schools are not giving girls equal opportunities to play sports, they have to just figure it out on their own. That’s why high schools, like colleges, should be required to make information about their sports programs publicly available.
Girls across the country are still not getting equal opportunities to play sports or equal treatment when they do play. High schools provide girls with 1.3 million fewer opportunities to play sports as compared to boys. And girls often are assigned inferior facilities and game times, among other things. To make matters worse, when parents and students try to find out how their schools are allocating valuable athletic opportunities and resources, they are not able to get information.
Congress needs to hear the message loud and clear that girls deserve equal opportunities to play sports. In honor of National Girls and Women in Sports Day, please ask your Members of Congress to support the High School Data Transparency Act.