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Women’s Sports Foundation leaders, athletes and advocates gather in Washington DC to mark 50th anniversary of Title IX

Foundation events with the U.S. Department of Education and the Democratic Women’s Caucus draw attention to the landmark law and the importance of continued enforcement and protection.

WASHINGTON, June 22, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — As the nation celebrates 50e Anniversary of Title IX, the Women’s Sports Foundation (WSF) brings together girls, champion athletes, advocates and leaders to commemorate the milestone, impact and significance of the historic law. In partnership with the U.S. Department of Education (DOE), WSF is hosting a Sports and STEM Field Day today to washington d.c. and Baltimore-local youth, and tomorrow will host a Title IX briefing and discussion on Capitol Hill in conjunction with the Democratic Women’s Caucus. These events are the latest in a series of WSF initiatives during this landmark year to draw attention to Title IX and the need for its continued enforcement and protection to help create a fairer and more equal.

“It’s great to see everyone celebrating the progress made over the past 50 years, but we can’t take Title IX for granted.”

Considered the pre-eminent legislation that helped pave the way for girls’ and women’s participation in sport, Title IX ushered in great progress over five decades. However, much more needs to be done to fulfill the promise of the law. A recently published WSF research report, “50 Years of Title IX: We’re Not Done Yet” revealed that girls’ participation in sports in high school is nearly 12 times higher than it was in 1972, but girls today still have fewer opportunities to participate in sports than boys did there. is 50 years old. More than 3.6 million high school boys participated in sports in 1972, compared to 3.4 million girls today, one million less than the current 4.5 million sporting opportunities for boys in the secondary. The opportunity gap is widest among girls and women of color, people with disabilities, and the LGBTQ+ community. The need for education, transparency and action is obvious and essential to achieving true fairness in sport and beyond.

“It’s great to see everyone celebrating this essential legislation and the progress made over the past 50 years, but we can’t take Title IX for granted,” said Danette Leighton, CEO of WSF. “As transformational as the law has been, the full promise of Title IX has yet to be delivered for many girls and women across our country; we still have work to do. It is vital for everyone – especially younger generations – to understand their rights to equal access and opportunity is at the heart of this important law, which must be fully enforced and protected to achieve equity.

Today ‘Title IX 50e Anniversary Field Day’ is designed for girls (ages 8-14) to get active, try new sports, hear from champion athletes and leaders, and learn how Title IX affects their lives. United States Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona and Leighton will welcome girls who will have the opportunity to play multiple sports, including basketball, soccer, and track and field, and participate in an interactive STEM activation. WSF Athlete Ambassadors, including the Foundation’s President and three-time Olympic ice hockey medalist, will join the girls in play and lead the girls in an educational conversation. Meghan Dugan29-time Paralympic swimming medalist Jessica Longand the most decorated black athlete in Winter Olympics history, the bobsledder Elana Meyers-Taylor. U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education Cindy Marten will also join the athletes in the round table. Field Day is designed to inspire, educate and empower today’s young athletes to advocate for a fully realized Title IX and the access and opportunity the law can and should provide.

Tomorrow, the WSF will lead a briefing and discussion on Capitol Hill on Title IX for lawmakers, policymakers and advocates, in conjunction with the Democratic Women’s Caucus. Moderated by the WSF, the panel will include Duggan, Long, Taylor and Neena Chaudhry, General Counsel and Senior Education Advisor for the National Women’s Law Center. The group will discuss the law’s victories as well as broken promises, the impact of Title IX on their lives, and policy and practice recommendations for changing the landscape over the next 50 years and beyond. The event will be broadcast live on the WSF YouTube channel.

“As a college student-athlete, I know firsthand the power of Title IX – I have benefited greatly from it,” said Meghan Dugan, three-time Olympic medalist with the United States women’s hockey team and president of the WSF. “The opportunity to play, to challenge myself, to master new skills and to excel, has created a solid foundation for my career on and off the ice. I want every girl to have the same opportunity to unleash her own possibilities Making sure Title IX stays strong is important to everyone.”

Recognized as the champion and protector of Title IX, the WSF highlights the law in its programming throughout the year. Of Challenge at the center of the annual event National Day of Girls and Women in Sportto “50 Years of Title IX: We’re Not Done Yet” research report and Virtual town hall seriesit will also be featured in the next WSF Annual tribute to women in sport. The Foundation is also engaged in many activities with partners across the country, leveraging its expertise and history to add to the collective voice bringing attention to Title IX. For example, the WSF has partnered with the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative and the National Women’s Law Center to form the Title IX Anniversary Coalition, which recently launched the ‘Request IX’ national campaign. Seeking to strengthen protections and law enforcement, the Coalition launched a national call to action to sign a pledge to share with Congress, advocating for more robust enforcement and activation of the landmark law.

Learn more about WSF Title IX 50 activities here.

About the Women’s Sports Foundation

The Women’s Sports Foundation exists to enable girls and women to reach their potential in sport and in life. We are an ally, an advocate and a catalyst. Founded by Billie Jean King in 1974, we strengthen and expand opportunities for participation and leadership through research, advocacy, community programming, and a wide variety of collaborative partnerships. From its creation to the 50 of Title IXe anniversary in 2022, WSF has invested over $100 million in these impact efforts, helping to shape the lives of millions of young people, high school and college student-athletes, elite athletes and coaches. We’re building a future where every girl and woman can #KeepPlaying and unlock the lifelong benefits of sports participation. All the girls. All the women. All the sports.® To learn more about the Women’s Sports Foundation, please visit www.WomensSportsFoundation.org.

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