This year marks the 30th annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day (NGWSD),which was created to bring much needed attention to the outstanding accomplishments of female athletes and issues facing girls and women in sport.
This year’s theme,“Leading the Way,” recognizes the extraordinary achievements of those who have helped to effect change and create opportunities for women and girls in sports.
“Today we want to acknowledge that progress has been made in gender equality in U.S. sports. However, it remains uneven,” said Angela Hucles, Women’s Sports Foundation President and two-time Olympic gold medalist in soccer. “The statistics on access to resources and compliance with Title IX are alarming and should spur policymakers to pass legislation ensuring all young athletes – regardless of gender, race, ethnicity or ability — have easy and safe access to athletic opportunities.”
Founded by the Women’s Sports Foundation in 1987 as a single event, NGWSD has since grown into a nationwide commemoration spanning all 50 states. In addition to individual events, NGWSD was marked with a briefing on Capitol Hill, where a team of athletes and experts met with key government leaders to discuss the issues surrounding equal access to sports, and strategies to overcoming barriers.
Whether breaking new records, winning championships or challenging the status quo, WYSK has featured many compelling stories of girls and women in sport. Today, in honor of NGWSD we share some of their stories with you.