Fifty years ago – shortly following the enactment of Title IX – the Women's Sports Foundation was founded by sports icon and social justice pioneer Billie Jean King as one of the first organizations to recognize the role of sports in helping girls and women achieve their full potential in sports and life. What was started by King in 1974 with a $5,000 check, has grown into a multifaceted organization that has invested over $100 million to help girls and women play, compete, and lead - in sports and beyond - without barriers.
Throughout these 50 years, our message has been simple: that giving girls and women access to sports is not only transformative for them, but also beneficial to society at large. Our research, advocacy, and community programming continue to illuminate the societal and cultural impact that is made when girls and women play sports: equality in sports leads to equality in life.
Coming soon: new research reports on leadership and mental health, exciting grant announcements, commemorative merch and more! #WSF50
WSF is done with girls and women having to fight for pennies. Join us in smashing yet another barrier.
And, help us celebrate this momentous anniversary by donating to WSF. Together, we can build on the legacy of the past 50 years and continue making strides towards a future where gender equity is a reality in every sporting arena.Donate Now
In honor of our 50th anniversary, we are collecting stories from women of all ages who have played sports at any level - (youth, high school, college and/or professional). We want to hear from YOU!
We want to know what leadership skills you learned from sports and how have those skills impacted your adult life, from the community activism and business, to education, medicine, and more. Tell us how sports has helped you thrive!
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On May 2, 2024 – the Women’s Sports Foundation will be 50. We invite you to join us in the yearlong celebration as we reflect on our journey and impact, while also looking forward to the work ahead.Learn More >>