Girls Provided Fewer Athletic Opportunities

PA high schools often provide girls fewer opportunities for athletic participation than boys.

In the 2010-2011 school year, Pennsylvania schools provided 170,630 athletic opportunities to boys while providing girls with only 146,057 athletic opportunities. Although high school enrollment is estimated at about 50-50 boys-girls, PA offers girls over 24,500 fewer athletic opportunities than it offers boys. Additionally, just as some colleges and universities do, many secondary schools also provide their female students with lower quality facilities and support.


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Other Recommendations for Action

For Students:

  • Find out if your school complies with the law.
  • Attend women’s sporting events at your school to support women athletes.
  • Monitor your school’s progress: for colleges obtain annual Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act reports from the Department of Education website; for secondary schools obtain annual Equity Reports from the Pennsylvania Department of Education website or your own school’s website.

For Others:

  • Demand that schools in your area provide equitable athletics opportunities for young women.
  • File a complaint with the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights against a school that you believe is depriving young women of athletic opportunities.
  • Support local women athletes by attending women’s sporting.
  • Lobby for federal legislation requiring middle and senior high schools to report athletic participation data in the same way colleges do.

For Schools:

  • Audit your school for Title IX compliance.
  • Make gender equity one of the central goals in the athletics department.
  • Encourage student and community support of women’s sporting events.
  • Create a Title IX Equity Committee and include community members.


Author: WVPA

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