The St. Lawrence County Branch of AAUW won a 1999 Action For Equity Award
by AAUW-NYS for our first county-wide promotion of NGWSD...
...and were recognized with a 2010 21st Century 3rd Place Education Program Award
for our annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day Celebration.
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High School Sports Participation Reaches Record High... Again - Girls' participation in high school sports also reached a new all-time high in 2012-13, with an additional 15,190 female student-athletes from the year before. A total of 3,222,723 female student-athletes participated in high school sports during the 2012-13 school year, the NFHS found. NEW: Five Tips for Title IX Coordinators
Do you work with Title IX issues, or are you interested in learning more about Title IX? Title IX, which was adopted in 1972, is the federal law prohibiting sex discrimination in education programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance. This includes not only athletics, but also harassment and bullying, access to career and technical education programs, and treatment of pregnant and parenting students. Higher Ed Jobs has released a list of best practices for Title IX coordinators, who are charged with ensuring that the law is followed at their schools.
AAUW strongly supports Title IX and opposes any efforts that would weaken its effectiveness or undermine its enforcement. AAUW has many resources to learn more about Title IX, including our Know the Score athletics evaluation and a major report on Title IX recently released by a AAUW-chaired coalition.
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Updated: December 5, 2013
The 28th annual National Girls & Women In Sports Day will take place on February 5, 2014. The St. Lawrence County Branch invites you, your team, or organization to participate in the 2014 celebration of girls and women in sports.
The St. Lawrence County Branch has made available a copy of the 2014 NGWSD Posters to distribute locally to area colleges, schools and libraries! (This year the Women's Sports Foundation is not printing and distributing the posters for free, but anyone can download and print copies as needed, both in color and greyscale.)
This year's celebration marks the 42st anniversary of Title IX, signed into law in 1972!
National Girls & Women In Sports Day (NGWSD) is a special day for girls and women to celebrate their participation in sports and athletics. When Title IX was enacted in 1971, 1 in 27 girls in high school participated in athletics. One in three girls participate in athletics in high school now! With the addition of women's boxing, the 2012 London Olympics became the first ever to have women competing in all same sports as men for 302 total medal events; the US sent more female than male athletes to the London Olympics. There has been an explosion in the number of athletic opportunities open to women and girls of all ages and levels of ability.
"Passing the Torch, Blazing the Trail!" is the theme for the 2014 National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD). NGWSD presents a prime opportunity to communicate to others what Title IX has accomplished and how many girls and women it truly helps.
The St. Lawrence County Branch of the American Association of University Women invites all area schools and colleges to commemorate National Girls & Women In Sports Day by encouraging all girls and young women to wear a T-shirt or jersey that identifies her participation in sports and athletics on February 5, 2014. From summer T-ball to youth soccer to figure skating to ice hockey to basketball to softball to lacrosse or other sports, celebrate the participation and accomplishments of your female athletes.
The Community Action Kit (1.9 MB) is designed to help you plan, organize, promote and host NGWSD activities. It is available only in an online publication format.
Submit photographs and newspaper stories about the athletic contributions of young women in your school to your local newspapers.
School and local libraries can create special displays of books which feature women athletes for the celebration. Hold a women's sports poster contest! You could ask young women athletes to read to younger students or come into elementary classrooms to talk about what participating in sports means to them. Turn the creative energy of your school loose to celebrate National Girls & Women In Sports Day on February 5, 2014.
On February 5, 2014, thousands of sports educators, coaches, athletic directors, recreation directors, association members, sponsors, students, and parents across the country will show their support of the Day and of this year's theme, "Passing the Torch, Blazing the Trail!" NGWSD is celebrated in all 50 states with community-based events, award ceremonies, and activities honoring the achievements and encouraging participation of girls and women in sports. Whether you are a new participant or a veteran, your support of the Day will go a long way to increase visibility for female athletes and advance their struggle for equality in sports.
For more information locally, contact St. Lawrence County Branch AAUW member Donna Seymour.
On June 23, 1972, Congress enacted Title IX of the Educational Amendments to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It states, in part, that: No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.
Title IX applies to any educational program in an institution that receives any federal funds. This applies to the majority of schools in this country, elementary through university level. If educational institutions are found to be in violation of Title IX, they risk losing their Federal funding. The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the Department of Education is the primary government office that enforces Title IX.
According to the specific regulations of Title IX, each school or entity receiving Federal funding must have a designated Title IX compliance officer to oversee efforts and investigate any complaints that are filed. This individuals contact information must be made known to all students and employees of the institution or organization. Do you know who your Title IX compliance officer is?
Keep Girls Active!
With no immediate intervention, one in three American children born in 2000 will contract Type II Diabetes and currently one in six girls today is obese or overweight.
Be a leader! National Girls and Women in Sports Day is a great time to practice your leadership skills. Have your team or class commit to doing one action a day for 10 consecutive days to change the world for sports girls following in their footsteps! Why 10? Because if a girl does not play sports by the time she is 10 years old,there 's less than a 10% chance she'll be playing when she's 25.
Sports Experience Contributes to Business Success
As women break through the glass ceiling, researchers are on the lookout for what these new leaders have in common. One emerging trait for these women is a background in athletics. Successful executive women interviewed say their experiences in sports helped them develop skills, strategies, and habits that contribute to success in business. Teamwork, discipline, leadership, perseverance, risk-taking, winning and losing, time management, and networking are all common elements for success in sports, business, and life.
82% of executive businesswomen played organized sports after elementary school according to the Oppenheimer report completed by the mutual fund company in 2002. Some examples:
Find out what sportswomen have been doing since 776 B.C.!!!!
You can be an Advocate for female athletes TODAY! Contact the sports directors for your regional and local newspapers:
Thanks to Mitzi Witchger for many of these suggestions.
Mitzi Witchger, nationally recognized authority on Title IX, is the founder of GREAT! Girls Really Expect A Team! As an advocate of equitable sports opportunities for girls and women, she works with athletes, parents, interested community members and administrators to address sports compliance issues in schools across the country. She is a contributor to Gender Equity in Athletics; serves on the national Women's Sports Foundation Advocacy Taskforce; and is a board member of the Indiana Citizens for Sports Equity. Witchger was spotlighted as a Newsmaker of '95 by the MN Women's Press, and was featured in Glamour magazine (May, '96) as a 'Mom Who Made a Difference'. As well as in Indiana and Minnesota, she has led workshops in Washington, DC, Chicago, Louisville, Boston, throughout upstate New York, and at Brown, Harvard, and Cornell.
"Equity is about splitting the sports pie so that both males and females are nourished. It is about empowering so that all may have an equitable shot at the prize of becoming an athlete and learning the life skills that participating in sports inherently teaches. After all, more and more girls are learning what boys have known for so long: Sports are about so much more than the score."
Read the remarks of Mitzi Witchger, GREAT! who was the keynoter for our Celebrating 35 Years of Change: Title IX & Girls' & Women's Sports event on March 5, 2007. Hear an audio interview with her on NCPR!