International Women’s Day… Title IX Edition

Hi All,

I had the amazing privilege of sitting down with Dr. Christine Grant, a pioneer for women’s intercollegiate athletics and Title IX. A bit of work and travel has set back my post, but in honor of International Women’s Day I wanted to provide you with a little preview of Title IX. We have come so far, yet have so far to go. With information like this, I think it really puts our conversation of the coverage/treatment of women’s professional sports in a different light. The issue is SO much bigger than that. Look for a new post in the coming week with a review of my great conversations with Dr. Grant. I’d love to hear your thoughts on these statistics!

  • While women made up 54% of all undergraduate students during the 2005-2006 school year, the female share of athletes was only 45%. (Lakowski, T. & Lerner, P. (2009). Play Fair: A Title IX Playbook for Victory. Women’s Sports Foundation.)
  • Female athletic participation is still increasing, but the rate of growth is slowing. 26,000 more women participated in college athletics in 2005 than in 1995. However, only 15% of this increase took place between 2001 and 2005. (Cheslock, J. (2007). Who’s Playing College Sports? Trends in Participation. Women’s Sports Foundation.)
  • Women’s soccer has consistently shown the strongest growth pattern within all divisions of the NCAA. In 2006, it was the third most popular sport overall. (Carpenter, L.J. & Acosta, R.V. (2006). “Women in Intercollegiate Report: A Longitudinal, National Study, 1977-2006.”)
  • Female college athletes receive only 35% of total athletic expenditures in the 2004-2005 school year. (Cheslock, J. (2007). Who’s Playing College Sports? Trends in Participation. Women’s Sports Foundation.)
  • Female NCAA athletes receive only 45% of college athletic scholarship dollars, which is $166 million less in scholarships than male college athletes. (2007-2008 Participation Survey, National Federation of State High School Associations)
High School Athletes

Year

1971-72

2007-08

Increase

Female

294,015

3,057,266

940%

Male

3,666,917

4,372,115

19%

Source: Women’s Sports Foundation. Play Fair: A Title IX Playbook for Victory

Thanks to American Association of University Women and the Women’s Sports Foundation for all of this great information! Let’s hear your thoughts!

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