Girls Only - Special Programming for Girls and Women in Sport: The Foundation Position


Content Summary

Education is the most effective way of remedying discrimination. Thus, National Girls and Women in Sports Day is not just a day to celebrate the achievements of women in sports to the exclusion of the achievement of male athletes. It is a day where males and females focus on (1) the importance of remedying past discrimination against women in sports, (2) the benefits of sports participation for girls, and (3) addressing the myths that have kept both boys and girls from supporting girls' sports participation; myths like "throws like a girl", girls who play sports are lesbians, girls who do gymnastics get eating disorders, etc.

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By Women's Sports Foundation


Gender Verification

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Sexual Harassment: The Foundation Position

The development and implementation of policies regarding sexual harassment help to create organizational climates in which women and girls feel free to report incidents of sexual harassment.

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