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Even with the monumental advancements we've made in women's equality, girls across the country still aren't getting treated equally in school sports.
Title IX requires high schools to provide girls with equal opportunities and services, but girls continue to receive only 41 percent of all athletic participation opportunities—1.3 million fewer than male athletes. They've been shown to receive inferior coaching, equipment, facilities and scheduling as well.
Passing the High School Data Transparency Acts (H.R. 455 and S. 217) would go a long way toward leveling the playing field by requiring U.S. schools make their athletic program data public. Elementary and high schools should be required to provide these statistics so that parents and students can hold their communities accountable.
Ask the Secretary of Health and Human Services to give our daughters the same opportunities as our sons by passing the High School Data Transparency Acts.
Dear Secretary Burwell,
I am sure you're aware of the positive role sports play in a child's life. Being part of a team, learning to deal with wins and losses, and keeping the body fit and healthy are all experiences that help shape a developing mind. Participation in sports provides children with invaluable lifelong skills that keep them out of trouble and focused on positive goals.
Despite the encouraging changes we have made to help women obtain the same opportunities as men, I am concerned that females still do not receive the same treatment when it comes to school sports. Reports have shown that girls continue to receive only 41 percent of all athletic participation opportunities—1.3 million fewer than male athletes.
Though Title IX restricts anyone from discrimination on the basis of gender, it does not require elementary and secondary schools to make athletic department funding and participation data public. We need to hold schools accountable to ensure equality is being achieved. Without tangible data, we cannot begin to address this problem.
Please support the High School Data Transparency Acts, H.R. 455 and S. 217, to give our daughters the same opportunities to benefit from sports as our sons.
Thank you for your time.