Celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day

Celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day
This Wednesday is the 23rd annual National Girls and Women in Sports
Day, which began in 1987 as a day to remember Olympic volleyball
player Flo Hyman for her athletic achievements and her work to assure
equality for women’s sports. NGWSD is marked annually with events
around the country and on Capitol Hill to celebrate the athletic achievements of girls and women and to promote the continued expansion of opportunities for girls to play sports and live physically active
Unfortunately, women and girls continue to face barriers to fair play
in the athletics arena, far too often receiving far fewer opportunities to play sports than their male peers and inferior benefits and services when they do play. This year, champion female athletes and young girls will arrive in Washington D.C. to advocate for bills in Congress that address the ongoing inequalities girls face at the high school level by requiring these schools to report information on the gender breakdown of their teams and athletics expenditures.
>> Learn more about National Girls and Women in Sports Day:
>> Find out about participating in local events for National Girls and Women in Sports Day: http://action.nwlc.org/site/R?i=In1ay3basfQRuhhuc5cpfg..
Take Action: Support the High School Athletics Accountability Act
One way to shine a spotlight on the problems that women and girls
still face in athletics is to require schools to publicly disclose gender equity information about their athletics programs. A federal law requires colleges to make such information publicly available each year, but high schools are not required to disclose these data, making it difficult to ensure fairness in high school athletics programs.
Two bills that were introduced in the last Congress — the High School Athletics Accountability Act and the High School Sports Information Collection Act — will soon be reintroduced.  These bills will address widespread inequities by requiring high schools to report information, broken down by gender, on sports participation and expenditures.  Much of this information is already collected by schools, and making it publicly available will allow schools, parents, and students to evaluate their athletics programs to make sure that they are treating boys and girls equally.
>> Take Action: Urge your Members of Congress to Cosponsor and Support These Bills:  http://action.nwlc.org/site/R?i=ZxO3R-ihIMXf1wN10XYgqw..
Register for our Free Lunchtime Learning Webinar on Title IX
1:00 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009
Women and girls continue to make tremendous contributions to sports,
and they in turn reap great academic, economic, social and health
benefits. Yet more than thirty-five years after Title IX was enacted, too many schools still are not providing their female students with equal athletic opportunities.
So what can you do to help? As lawyers, law students, educators and
advocates, you can become a Title IX resource in your community by
participating in a free webinar. In honor of National Girls and Women
in Sports Day and as a follow-up to the release of Breaking Down
Barriers: A Legal Guide to Title IX and Athletic Opportunities, the
National Women’s Law Center and the law firm DLA Piper are offering a
webinar to provide a brief overview of Title IX as it applies to athletics and guidance for addressing Title IX violations in the courts.
>> Register Now for our Free Webinar on Title IX: http://action.nwlc.org/site/R?i=A_3lhWbUeQNOP2lWN2KQ8Q..
Grant Funding Through Gamechangers Women in Sport Competition
The National Women’s Law Center has exciting news about a grant
opportunity for organizations that serve girls and women, presented by
Ashoka and sponsored by Nike. We invite you to submit an entry in Ashoka’s Changemakers competition, "Gamechangers: Change the
Game for Women in Sport," an online contest to identify sport innovations that challenge the barriers girls and women face around the world.
The competition has a unique feature that allows judges, athletes, experts and other organizational leaders to provide feedback to you on
your submission. What’s more, both current and proposed programming is eligible to receive grant funding. On February 11th, Neena Chaudhry,
Senior Counsel at the National Women’s Law Center, will participate in
the competition as a featured commentator. In this role, Neena will
provide feedback for a number of the submitted entries.
Submit your entry by February 11, 2009, to take advantage of the
funding opportunities and global exposure while contributing to the
next big change!
>> Learn more about Ashoka’s Changemakers Competition:
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copyright 2009, National Women’s Law Center

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Also, thanx for signing my petitions, et al, please consider sharing them. Also, since Admin. of change.org aren't allowing me to invite people to do my actions lately and are switching my urls for my petitions so when I invite people off their site they can't get to the petition either (ergo 3 possible urls for each petition), here's a few of my latest actions; do as few or as many as you'd like (there are 3 linx for each petition because admin. switches between the 3 of them so people trying to sign the petition can‘t get to it): This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Haiti disaster anniversary, please, do what you can: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/9033 This petition on change.org: Haiti disaster anniversary: http://www.change.org/petitions/view/haiti_disaster_anniversary_2?share_id=yIpWHEHxri&pe=pce http://uspoverty.change.org/petitions/view/haiti_disaster_anniversary_2 http://www.change.org/petitions/view/haiti_disaster_anniversary_2   This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Green, Indigenous, Native American, etc., actions: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/9026 This petition on change.org: Green, Indigenous, Native American, acts: http://www.change.org/petitions/view/green_indigenous_native_american_acts?share_id=NHvTtQadfP&pe=pce http://uspoverty.change.org/petitions/view/green_indigenous,_native_american_acts http://www.change.org/petitions/view/green_indigenous,_native_american_acts   This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Art/Act: celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, holiday: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/9024 This petition on change.org: Art/Act: celebrate Dr. M.L. King, Jr.'s holiday: http://www.change.org/petitions/view/artact_celebrate_dr_ml_king_jrs_holiday?share_id=QjOkAUGeBQ&pe=pce http://uspoverty.change.org/petitions/view/art_act_celebrate_dr_ml_king_jr_s_holiday http://www.change.org/petitions/view/art_act_celebrate_dr_ml_king_jr_s_holiday   This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Green; NA; the evolution; Civil, Human, LP, Prisoner's Rights; Poverty; etc..: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/9022 This petition on change.org: Economically empower through advocacy: http://www.change.org/petitions/view/economically_empower_through_advocacy?share_id=WZNqBQWcXE&pe=pce http://uspoverty.change.org/petitions/view/economically_empower_through_advocacy http://www.change.org/petitions/view/economically_empower_throug
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