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February 7 will mark the 32nd anniversary of the annual celebration honoring the accomplishments of women and girls in sports.
Beginning in 1987, National Girls and Women in Sports Day was originally intended to honor volleyball great Flo Hyman. Signed into proclamation by then-President Ronald Reagan, the day has since evolved to honor all women across all sports. Not only are their achievements recognized, but also the positive influence on sports participation, the progress made since Title IX was passed and the continued struggle for equality for women in sports.
The theme for this year’s date will be “Play Fair, Play Title IX”. It is meant to recognize the ongoing efforts for equality for women in sports. While Title IX legislation, passed in 1972, has provided new and exciting avenues for girls and women in sports, there is still progress to be made. There are still schools in the United States that do not provide equal opportunities for girls and women to participate in sports.
Title IX is only a 37-word law, while short, it has been as impactful as any law. Its verbiage is as follows:
“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”
While the law is simple enough in nature, there are still schools across the country who do not uphold Title IX standards. One of the goals of National Girls and Women in Sports Day is to educate the public as well as academic and athletic departments in the details of Title IX legislation. This education is critical to the proper enforcement of Title IX and is vital in ensuring everyone, in every American community, is offered the same opportunities when it comes to athletics.