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.

"Expanding Opportunity"

for the 31st Annual National Girls
& Women In Sports Day

February 1, 2017

High School Sports Participation Increases for 28th Consecutive Year - Led by the largest one-year increase in girls participation in 16 years, the overall number of participants in high school sports increased for the 28th consecutive year in 2016-17, according to the annual High School Athletics Participation Survey conducted by the National Federation of State High School Associations.


Expanding Opportunity - NGWSD 2017 recognizes girls, student and professional athletes, coaches, athletic directors and parents who are Leading the Way to inspire greatness in this generation and the next. With logos, posters, tips and a checklist, our Event Action Kit is designed to help you plan, organize, promote and host your own NGWSD activities. <

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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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  • In the News: Game-changer: Title IX legacy goes beyond the numbers - "Title IX was the second-most important piece of civil rights legislation passed in this country," said Debbie Yow, athletic director at North Carolina State. "Had it not passed, the options and opportunities for women in this country and the world would be vastly different."
  • In the News: Sex, Sports, and Title IX on Campus: The Triumphs and Travails
  • Girls and Sports Equity
  • Title IX Facts
  • Keep Girls Active!
  • The 10-point play: how you can help women's sports!
  • Sports Experience Contributes to Business Success
  • History of Women in Sports
  • Girls and Sports Equity
  • How to an Advocate for Girls Sports

    Updated: August 10, 2017

    National Girls & Women In Sports Day

    The 31st annual National Girls & Women In Sports Day will take place on February 1, 2017. The St. Lawrence County Branch invites you, your team, or organization to participate in the 2016 celebration of girls and women in sports.

    This year's celebration marks the 45th 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.

    "Expanding Opportunity" is the theme for the 2017 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 1, 2017. 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.

    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 1, 2017.

    On February 1, 2017, 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, "Expanding Opportunity." 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.

    NGWSD is sponsored by several national organizations:

    1. Girls, Incorporated
    2. Girl Scouts of the U.S.A
    3. National Association for Girls and Women in Sports
    4. National Women's Law Center
    5. Women's Sports Foundation
    6. YWCA of the U.S.A.

    For more information locally, contact St. Lawrence County Branch AAUW member Donna Seymour.

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    Title IX Athletics Policies: Issues and Data for Education Decision Makers - A Report of the National Coalition for Women and Girls in Education

    Title IX Facts:

    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 up on the lastest Title IX news!

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    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.

    The top five ways to motivate a girl and keep her active:

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    The 10-point play - how you can help women's sports!

    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.

    1. Buy a basketball, glove, soccer ball or other sport gift for your favorite sports girl - send her the message that you think she can play sports.

    2. Take your friends and family to a women's sports event: high school, college, or professional sports.

    3. Watch a women's sports program on television and call the station to thank them for carrying women's sports (so they'll continue to air women's sports programs).

    4. Write a letter to your local newspaper editor either asking them for fairer coverage of women's sports or thanking them for great coverage.

    5. Buy women's collegiate and professional sports merchandise like T-shirts and hats. It 's an important way to advance the economic success of your favorite team.

    6. Take someone who has never attended a women's sports event to a high school, college, or professional women's sports game. Introduce others to the excitement of women's sports. Help grow the fan base!

    7. Visit your local sports retail store. If they are not carrying licensed merchandise for your favorite women's sports team (college, WNBA, WUSA, etc.), write to the manager to tell him or her you want to purchase this product and you would appreciate it if they would carry it. If they are carrying the product, thank them for doing so.

    8. Write to sponsors of women's sports to tell them how much you appreciate their support of women's sports.

    9. Conduct a sports clinic for local elementary school girls. Tell each girl why it 's so important for them to play sports and how much fun it is.

    10. Grade your school on whether it is treating male and female athletes equally. Write a letter to the principal either asking for change or applauding the school's commitment to girls' sports.

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    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:


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    Girls and Sports Equity:

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    Find out what sportswomen have been doing since 776 B.C.!!!!

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    How to Advocate for Female Athletes

    Learn more about Women in Sportscasting

    Newspaper Coverage:

    You can be an Advocate for female athletes TODAY! Contact the sports directors for your regional and local newspapers:

    Radio Stations:

    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!

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