by Kolbe Franklin, Program Assistant,
National Women's Law Center
Although women and girls have made significant strides in the area of athletics over the last 37 years, there is a long way to go before Title IX’s promise of equality is fully realized. High school girls still receive 1.3 million fewer opportunities to play sports than high school boys. And while federal law requires colleges to make gender equity in sports information publicly available each year, high schools are not required to disclose these data, making it difficult to ensure fairness at the secondary school level. To address this problem, Representative Louise Slaughter (D-NY) recently introduced the High School Athletics Accountability Act of 2009 (H.R. 2882). Similar legislation, the High School Sports Information Collection Act of 2009 (S. 471), was introduced in the Senate by Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) this past February.