Tuesday, October 16, 2018 marked the 3rd annual meeting of the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Sports Advocacy Network (SAN). The WSF created SAN in 2016 to build on our research, Beyond X’s & O’s: Gender Bias and Coaches of Women’s College Sports, the most comprehensive evidence-based research report on the reality of the collegiate coach experience,…
In honor of the 45th Anniversary of Title IX, we would like to share a WSF Advocacy success story. This story represents just one of hundreds of inquiries the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Advocacy Department fields each year about Title IX and gender equity in sports.
On October 18, 2016, the WSF’s Sports Advocacy Network met for the first time. A collection of university administrators, athletic conference leaders, legal experts and collegiate coaches gathered together to craft an action plan to reverse the decline of female coaches and to work towards the pursuit of gender equity in sports.
It never seemed quite fair, but the female athletes at Massapequa High School had always just accepted the sub-par quality of their locker room, while the boys boasted top amenities. Two dads familiar with Title IX decided to take action and, along with the WSF, create change.
Did you know that despite the expansion of opportunities for women since Title IX’s passage, the number of women coaching women’s teams at the collegiate level has declined significantly since? In 1972, more than 90% of the coaches of women’s teams were female. Today, that figure has fallen to only 43%.