Sports study shows progress, persistent gender inequities

The whistle just blew. It’s halftime.

You’re losing. Your coach is telling the team we’ve made progress since the beginning of the season, but we still have a long way to go. You think to yourself, “What is progress? We’re down – what’s the score again?”

A 35-yearlong study on women in intercollegiate sport released the score last week, showing an unprecedented number of women’s teams leading to the highest women’s participation and employment numbers in intercollegiate athletic history.

“Some would point to this progress and say we’ve arrived,” authors R. Vivian Acosta and Linda Jean Carpenter wrote in a2009 Academe article. “But progress is not completion. Movement toward equity is not full equity.”

To continue reading this stat-filled blogpost, visit the website of the National Women’s Law Center.

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