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Take Action: Urge Gov. Brown to Ensure Equal Sports Opportunities for Girls
SB 1349 (Jackson) would require all public elementary and secondary schools offering competitive sports to report on their websites the number of boys and girls playing sports and the number of boys’ and girls’ teams by sport and competition level. This bill is now on the governor’s desk.
This bill is important for girls, women, and California communities because:
- Despite progress since Title’s IX passage over four decades ago, the playing field is still unequal, and the law is being ignored.
- The Women’s Sports Foundation found recently that the percentage of athletic participation opportunities U.S. high schools provide is 53% for boys, compared with only 41% for girls. In low-income urban schools, girls fare even worse receiving 21% of opportunities.
- Female students participating in athletics enjoy enormous benefits, such as improved health, skills in teamwork and discipline, and greater academic success. Studies show that girls who played school sports are also more likely to succeed in the workplace later on, earning higher wages.
► SB 1349 is supported by the Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center, AAUW, theCalifornia Women’s Law Center, Equal Rights Advocates and by a broad coalition, including the Los Angeles Unified School District. This bill has no opposition.
Take Action Now!
1. Fax or mail Governor Brown a letter today urging him to sign SB 1349.
2. Call or e-mail Governor Brown to voice your support for SB 1349.
3. Use Twitter and Facebook to share the action alert.
(Sample: @JerryBrownGov: Schools reporting on sports opportunities makes for an even playing field!. Sign #sb1349!)
For more information, please contact kturner [at] las-elc.org