Rock your Gym Bag and Rock Title IX! Today it’s difficult to imagine women NOT playing sports. Title IX, the landmark legislation that gave women the equal opportunity for education and activities has led to significant advances for women in athletics. In 1972, fewer than 300,000 high school girls participated in intramural sports nationwide. Today that number has grown to 3 million. I was involved in high school sports (1979-1983) and those experiences made a huge impact on who I am today. College sports for women have grown significantly as well. Yet Title IX has had a far greater impact beyond sports, it has also opened up educational opportunities.
Below are a few pretty incredible facts illuminating Title IX’s impact:
• Before Title IX, 1 in every 27 girls played sports; now, 1 in every 2.5 do.
• The number of girls and women in high school and collegiate sports jumped by nearly 1,000% since Title IX.
• About 294,000 girls competed in high school sports the year before Title IX, compared with nearly 3.2 million in 2011.
• At the college level, less than 30,000 women played sports before Title IX; in 2011, there were nearly 200,000.
• Before Title IX, women represented 7% of the participants in high school sports; now they represent 42%
Gym Bag: Small Things Make a Big Difference
My friends at Activyst—a word combining active and catalyst (for positive change) are on a mission to help girls play sports in impoverished parts of the world, and change their lives forever. Activyst creates bold, functional athletic bags in fun colors and uses funding from the bags to support girls’ sports programs around the word.
If you buy a gym bag, you can rock the cool look of these bags and make a difference toward positive change. How awesome is that?
Celebrating the awesomeness of Title IX’s impact is something I am passionate about and that’s why I support Activyst. I hope you will too!
Check out this inspiring video! Consider these facts …
Research consistently demonstrates that a girl who plays sports …
• Is less likely to get pregnant in adolescence
• Is less likely to stay in an abusive relationship
• Is less likely to suffer depression, smoke or use drugs
• Reaches higher levels of education
• Is healthier
• Develops leadership and resilience skills
• Makes friends and finds role models
• And has a higher self-image and confidence level …
That’s why Activyst is committed to helping women play sports and live happy and successful lives.
You can follow Activyst on Facebook and find out more about this cool company and amazing cause. Help celebrate Title IX and all the progress women have made in sports! Rock a bag and help a girl play sports!