Transformative power of sport for girls, women highlighted
GlobalSport Matters | Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019
National Girls and Women in Sports Day, on Feb. 6 is a celebration of the empowerment women and girls experience through physical activity and the confidence, strength and character they gain through sports.
Started in 1987 to recognize women’s sports and to honor Olympic volleyball player Flo Hyman, it has evolved into an event to honor the accomplishments of female athletes, the positive influence of sports participation and the continuing struggle for equality in women’s sports.
One of the key components to the growth of women’s sports has been the implementation of Title IX more than 40 years ago.
For women who were the early trailblazers through Title IX’s growth period, having the chance to see their daughters face a better athletic world is rewarding.
More than 40 years after the landmark law was signed, Title IX continues to change the face of not only women’s but athletics overall.
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