Title IX & AB 2404 (Fair Play in Community Sports Act)
Short video re: girls' rights to gender equity in school and park and recreation athletic programs - watch & share today!
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• Gender equity in sports is required by law.
• Know AND EXERCISE your rights!
• Why does this matter? Did you know that...
• Overall, girls who play sports get better grades and have higher scores on standardized tests than non-athletes.
• And athletes are more likely to graduate from high school and go to college than those who don’t play sports.
• Research shows, once they start working, girls who play sports in high school go on to earn 7% more than their non-athlete peers.
• It’s really important for me to see gender equity in sports. Especially comparing myself and some boy relatives that I have that have gone on to play collegiate athletics. I feel myself saying I can do that, but I’m going to do that on the women’s side of things. I can get the same equipment, I can play at the same facilities, work out at the same facilities, that is my goal. And with title IX, I can do that.
• I cannot imagine my life without sports. I would say it would be incomplete; there would be something missing. Having physical activity, having a set time where you do things, it helps you with structure. It just helps regulate my life.
• I definitely want to play sports just as much as my brother wants to. Just because we’re different genders doesn’t make anything different.
• Title IX is a federal law that applies in California and throughout the nation that says there can be no discrimination based on gender in public schools.
• This means no unequal treatment of boys and girls, in educational programs, including athletics.
• The law applies to all public elementary, middle, and high schools, including charter schools, colleges and universities.
• The law requires looking at the entire athletic program, not just one or two teams, to see whether girls and boys have equal treatment and benefits throughout the program.
• For example, girls and boys must have equal:
o Field quality
o Gyms and locker rooms
o Quality and number of coaches
o Scheduling of games and practice times
• The law requires schools to oversee booster clubs, sports fundraising, and donations to ensure equal resources are enjoyed by girls and boys teams alike.
• Boys and girls must have equal participation in school sports.
• So if there are 1000 students at a school, 500 girls and 500 boys, and 100 students play on school sports teams, then 50 of those students playing sports must be girls and 50 must be boys.
• The law also prohibits retaliation against a student, parent, or coach, for example, who talks about Title IX or requests equity in their school sports program.
• If you talk to someone, like a principal, because you think your school isn’t following Title IX, you shouldn’t be disciplined for taking action.
• Another important law for equity among girls and boys in sports is AB 2404, the Fair Play in Community Sports Act.
• The Fair Play Act is a CA law similar to title IX that requires equal treatment of girls and boys in community youth competitive athletics programs hosted by Parks & Rec Departments of California.
• The Fair Play Act also applies to private sports programs that use park & rec facilities, like club soccer.
• Look around. Does your school or park program treat girls equally in comparison to boys?
• If you see inequality in your sports program, take action and speak up!
• Gender equity in sports is required by law!
• If you need help you can contact: Fair Play for Girls in Sports, a project of the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center