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


Images and Words In Women's Sports

Images of women in general are still unrealistically thin and “twiggy” or reflective of sexual connotations.

Gender Verification

The Foundation supports the abandonment of chromosomal screening for gender verification. The purpose of gender verification should be only to prevent men from masquerading as females at women-only competitions.

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Donna de Varona, Benita Fitzgerald Mosley, Lillian Greene-Chamberlain, Nancy Hogshead-Makar, Grete Eliassen and Sarah Hughes to honor athletic achievements and continued female participation in sports.


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