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the health, education, social skills and leadership benefits that girls need to succeed in life. Our research is the foundation for everything we do and helps identify needs that WSF programs can fulfill. "


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Where We Stand


Find out our policy and position statements on issues like Title IX and race, physical and verbal abuse of athletes, players unions and more.

Policies & Positions

Physical & Mental Health


The connection between physical and mental health is undeniable. Learn more about our research on exercise and depression, obesity, eating disorders and more.

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Pro Athletes


While female participation in Olympic sports is increasing, are related job opportunities in sports administration and leadership keeping pace?

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Featured Research

Beyond X’s & O’s: Gender Bias and Coaches of Women’s College Sports
Beyond X’s & O’s is the largest ever nationally representative survey of female and male coaches of women’s college sports. The findings confirm there is systemic gender bias in the coaching workplace of women’s college sports, and that while many female coaches experience gender bias, few of their male counterparts perceive it.


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Disability Research


Can a school deny individuals with a disability an opportunity to play because of budget restrictions? Are community programs an...

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More and more women are playing sports – but you wouldn’t know it from watching TV. Examine how the media covers men’s and...

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Equity Issues


t’s pretty simple: We believe everyone should have an equal chance to participate in sports – regardless of gender, race,...

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Learn our views on fair treatment for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transsexual (and yes, even straight) athletes and coaches.

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Special Issues for Coaches of Women's Sports

Coaches drilling girls soccer team in stretches.

The purpose of this guide is to help coaches prevent, respond to or even initiate action when faced with difficult professional...

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Creating Gender-Neutral Coaches' Employment and Compensation Systems


It is essential that all employees of any organization have a clear understanding of what is expected of them, how they are going...

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