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Rally for Girls' Sports Campaign Launches Today

Women and girls continue to make impressive contributions to sports, and they in turn reap great academic, economic, social and health benefits. By playing sports, girls win more than a game. Yet almost forty years after Title IX was enacted, school districts across the nation are still not giving girls equal opportunities to play sports. Girls make up half of all high school students nationwide, but only 41 percent of high school athletes, which means that they receive 1.3 million fewer chances to play sports as compared to boys!

Girls should not be missing out. Make sure girls get a fair shot to play by joining our new campaign: Rally for Girls’ Sports: She’ll Win More than a Game. The campaign includes a Facebook and Twitter campaign; a national hotline, 1.855.HERGAME, which concerned individuals can call to report inequities; and public education, including an educational webinar to help school officials, parents and advocates learn about Title IX’s requirements.

Today, we also filed complaints with the U.S. Department of Education against 12 school districts across the country for failing to provide girls with equal opportunities to play sports in violation of Title IX. By not taking the necessary steps to treat their female students fairly, school districts are denying girls more than a game.

For more information about Title IX and athletics, please refer to our fact sheets. If you want to know whether a school in your area is treating its male and female students fairly in athletics, please take a look at Check It Out, which provides a checklist to help answer this question. You can also report inequities to our hotline at 1-855-HER-GAME.

As advocates, parents, coaches, and students, we know that girls want to play and have what it takes to succeed—they just need the opportunities. Spread the word about giving girls a fair shot and join our Rally for Girls’ Sports Campaign through our website, Facebook, and Twitter pages today. Because every girl who plays will win more than a game.

Comments

WOW

Your resources would be saved if you gave up this garbage, it's not the school system's fault that girls don't want to play sports. You feminists are so thick headed that you fail to understand simplistic things such as, maybe the number of girls that wish to participate in sports is significantly less than that of boys? Seriously, you all need to get lives. You and the NAACP. Sounds like a great idea, suing the school systems to take money away that otherwise could be used to fund more girls sports. Even if you aren't suing, and I don't know the whole story these days but the only reason I can think for you filing complaints on some of the biggest school districts in the country is to get attention. I guess that's all you'll ever be good at, anyway. Good luck in life.

Wake County, NC Title IX Complaint

Can you please post a link to the specific OCR data you are using? I do not see athletics or sports as a data point collection field on the OCR sites. Just general District information and demographics. And the latest data available is 2006, so using five-year data is statistically likely to be inadequate for a Complaint of this nature, where the data changes at a rapid pace in schools within those districts whose populations change each year. The school you cited in your Complaint, Rolesville HIgh would have graduated all reported students in five years, and in this area, racial demographics would have dramatically changed in five years.

Wake County, NC Title IX Complaint

Can you please post a link to the specific OCR data you are using? I do not see athletics or sports as a data point collection field on the OCR sites. Just general District information and demographics. And the latest data available is 2006, so using five-year data is statistically likely to be inadequate for a Complaint of this nature, where the data changes at a rapid pace in schools within those districts whose populations change each year. The school you cited in your Complaint, Rolesville HIgh would have graduated all reported students in five years, and in this area, racial demographics would have dramatically changed in five years.

Thank you

Thank you for your tireless efforts on behalf of the poor unrepresented girls who want to play sports, but don't know it.  Thanks to you, our local school system will wake up to the fact that they need to force girls to participate in sports in the same numbers as the boys, even though the girls would rather not.   Thanks to your attention to percentages, we can make sure we don't let girls participate in more than one sport, lest they take away another's girls opportunity to be counted.  Thanks for all you do.  It is really necessary and appreciated.  

Title IX Complaint Against Wake County NC

You are wrong on this County - I live here. This district and the 11 others targeted all have some connection with alleged NAACP complaints pending or ongoing, and it seems like that input might have impacted your choices of districts to target. Plus your data is from 2006 - lots of changes since 2006. This cause is mostly a non-issue for women's athletics in 2010. Now school district budgets in 2010-2011 - a whole other issue. Maybe NWLC would like to donate monies to those school districts to keep athletics in play during this national economic crises, which is impacting math, science, language arts and social studies book funding as well as sports programs across the nation.
Not too many sports related questions on the SAT's are there.

Why don't you give title IX a

Why don't you give title IX a rest !!!!!  ALL YOU ARE DOING IS KILLING MENS SPORTS !!!!! Why do men that don't play the limelight sports have to suffer because not enough women want or chose to play a sport? It's a joke. Your Rally needs to be met with great resistance! The Men of America need to stand up and stop being descriminated against just becuase we are men!

Girls and Sports

I really feel this whole suit is baseless.  Unless you have surveyed girls in highschool and asked them if there are sports activities they would like to participate in but can't because their school doesn't offer it, I can't see how you can say they are being discrimminated against.  I truly feel that the girls who want to participate in sports are doing so.  Guys seem to have the desire to play sports from birth.  Not all girls like sports. I have two daughters.  One plays basketball and the other has absolutely no desire to play any sport.  Is that because her school doesn't offer sports for her?  Of course not.  I really feel in this day and time with school districts having to deal with huge budget deficits, your time would be better spent focusing on more important issues.

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