This is the second installment of The ABC’s of WSF. To read the first, please click here. 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…
From the sultry tone of Rayana Jay over a Caribbean-feel beat, comes her song “Undefeated” that conveys the importance of female empowerment and that no matter what one may go through, she can still come out on top. “Undefeated” features an all-female writing and production crew and was recorded in Women’s Audio Mission, the only…
The WSF is proud to share and acknowledge other programs working towards the same mission, one such program being the Women’s Sport Leadership Academy held at the University of Chichester in the United Kingdom.
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.
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.
Being a professional athlete is not without its challenges, particularly as a woman. Recently, Nicola Butler and her fellow female wakeboarders felt discriminated against based on their gender. Instead of getting angry, Nicola directed her energy into something positive creating “For The Girls,” a powerful film with a message for the next generation of female wakeboarders.
Before Title IX, only one in 27 girls played sports. Today, that number is two in five. Girls want to play too. This Women’s History Month, join us in celebrating the incredible achievements of women in sport since the passing of Title IX in 1972, as we honor them across our social platforms and here on the S.H.E. Network.
Where has the time gone? Thinking about celebrating 31 years of National Girls & Women in Sports Day brings back so many memories. Over the years we’ve brought athletes and organization representatives into the Oval Office to meet with the President and sometimes First Lady. Some years we would organize sporting events, such as walks or games. I take great pride in continuing this special day and look forward to many years to come encouraging girls and women in sports.
A proclaimed adrenaline junkie, Shea Holbrook began racing cars as a teenager. Shea recently took a detour from the asphalt to the Bonneville Salt Flats as a pace driver to help set a land speed bicycle record; WSF caught up with Shea to talk about her experience in Bonneville and more.