Today is National Girls and Women in Sports Day! This annual event is celebrated on the first Wednesday of February, and this year, we’re bringing together some bloggers for a blog carnival to honor women, girls, and the role of sports in their lives.

While writers from around the web are sharing their thoughts, we want you to hear yours, too! Do you have a story about how sports have helped you or a woman or girl you know? Share your story below in the comments section by clicking here.

In the meantime, you can read reflections from our own staff and bloggers from around the net after the break.

Posts from the National Women’s Law Center

Title IX Helped Me Find My True Love, Leila Abolfazli
A Letter to My Daughter, Melanie Ross Levin
If You Build It, They Will Come. In Droves., Jenny Egan
An Ode to Title IX, on the Occasion of National Girls and Women and Sports Day, Val Vilott
Advantage-Me: Lessons Learned on the Tennis Court, Andrea Alajbegovic
“After All, Girls Only Play with a Soft Ball”, Brittany Papalia
Life Growing Up Without Title IX, Judy Waxman
Title IX Pioneers Make the Pass Before the Assist, Kayla Faria

Posts from our Participants

#NGWSD, Lize, Training on Empty
Celebrating 40 years of Title IX: National Girls and Women in Sports Day, Emmily Bristol, The Sin City Siren
Emily Vigil: Why I Run [#NGWSD], Teri J. Dwyer, TJ’s Turf
Title IX At 40: Changing Lives Daily, Jessica Pieklo, Care2
Recess to Remember #NGWSD, Rebecca Donaghue, Running Rebecca
Sport for Girls at the Collegiate Level, Taryn Sheehan, Krush Program
I never intended to be an athlete., Jeannie Rose Field, Law for the People
Thinking about Title IX on National Women and Girls in Sports Day, Caitlin Constantine, Fit and Feminist
Title IX Inspiration & Invitation, Nicole M. LaVoi, Ph.D., One Sport Voice
National Girls and Women in Sports Day #NGWSD, Alison Tetrick
Happy National Girls and Women in Sports Day! #NGWSD, Megan, Because I Played Sports
National Girls & Women In Sports Day: Anything You Can Do, I Can Do, Dana Lardner, Words to Sweat By
Whatever Wednesday: Happy National Girls and Women in Sports Day!, Keri Mikulski
National Girls and Women in Sports Day, Girls Inc. of Omaha
Life’s Lessons: in honor of National Girls and Women in Sports Day #NGWSD, MacKenzie Hill, MacKenzie’s Journey

Bloggers: have a blog post you’d like to submit to the blog carnival? Please email Danielle Jackson with a link to your blog post at