Women’s sports want your support. Since the implementation of Title IX in 1972, female participation in athletics has grown from one in 27 to now two in five, yet women’s sports are less than 2% of sport stories in the media. Together we can change that and it starts by getting in the stands.
Your collegiate athletic career is over. Your identity is no longer synonymous with your sport. New coworkers, roommates and passersby alike ask you what it must have been like to play collegiate ball. And while we all had diverse and unique experiences as athletes in college, what we all have in common is a structured youth. But now you don’t have that.
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%.
In today’s world, adolescent girls are bombarded with a constant influx of images of external beauty, which can cause them to question themselves and how they should look, but what they need are the strong, confident, healthy female athlete role models. Peer pressure is difficult for girls of all ages but female athletes can help offset that by encouraging girls to participate in sports and maintain a healthy active lifestyle.
Have you ever dreamt of channeling your enthusiasm for sport into a career that you feel passionate about? There are more than six million jobs in sport-related careers, a field which was once an exclusively male preserve. We explore five of the most popular.