We have been working for 44 years, since our inception in San Francisco in 1974, when the landscape in girls’ and women’s sports looked entirely different than it does today. In that time, we have galvanized valuable and historic advances for girls and women in sports, and with that comes a broad web of programs…
Red and Blue. Right and Left. Conservative and Liberal. At any moment it can feel like the political discord in America is at an all-time high with so much up for debate during these complicated times. However, here at the Women’s Sports Foundation, there is one thing we think we can all agree on: girls…
How do college athletes, among Title IX’s principal beneficiaries, feel about sex equity in sports? A new study surveyed over 1600 current college athletes in the Big Ten Conference and found significant support for sex equitable treatment between women and men in college athletics, and a willingness among many athletes to mobilize politically when they…
Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017 marked the start of year two for the WSF’s Sports Advocacy Network. 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 male and female coach experience as coaches of women’s teams.
On May 17-20, 2018, the 7th World Conference on Women and Sport will be held in Gabarone, Botswana offered by the International Working Group for Women and Sport [IWG]. For years, the Women’s Sports Foundation has been involved with the IWG and has attended every conference since their inception in 1994.
In celebration of Title IX’s 45th Anniversary, Deborah Slaner Larkin joined Sarah Spain, Kate Fagan and Cassidy Hubbarth for The Trifecta on ESPN Radio to discuss the good that Title IX has done, and where there is still progress to be made.
Last night, the Women’s Sports Foundation and WSF Founder Billie Jean King kicked off the 45th Anniversary of Title IX with a celebration at the New-York Historical Society. Our featured speakers included pioneer Billie Jean King, WSF CEO Deborah Antoine, WSF President Grete Eliassen, ESPN SportsCenter Coast to Coast co-anchor Cari Champion and WNBA President Lisa Borders.
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.
Every year in March, women from around the world come together at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City for the meetings of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). For the ninth consecutive year, the WSF presented on a panel, along with other sport organizations, to engage in an interactive discussion on eliminating barriers to women’s economic advancement in sport.
In April, the Women’s Sports Foundation sent a letter to the President of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) urging them to overturn their rule on headgear in all sanctioned competitions. We are proud to see FIBA announce their change to its rule on headgear allowing players to wear headgear. Read our letter here.