November 16, 2010

Fair Play

The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) is rallying support for its new campaign “Rally for Girls’ Sports: She’ll Win More than a Game." By signing the NWLC petition, you’ll be helping girls get a fair (well, fairer) shot at playing sports. That is, after all, what Title IX - the federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in federally funded education programs – has been about for the past 40 years.

According to data from the NWLC website, schools nationwide provide girls with 1.3 million fewer opportunities to play sports than boys. The numbers make the disparity clear: girls make up half of all high school students nationwide, but only 41 percent of school athletes. Miss Do-Gooder thinks that’s a losing game. Here’s why.

Recent statistics (that MDG found on the Internets, and which are therefore indisputably true), show that playing sports not only makes you healthier, more confident, stronger, more competitive (in a good way), and probably less-prone to watch endless hours of TV; it also keeps you off drugs, stops you from being knocked up and makes you way smarter than the average non-playing sports bear. And nobody's rooting for us to develop more unhealthily pregnant drug-abusing couch potatoes with low IQs.

All you’ve gotta do is click
here to give girls a chance to, um, level the playing field a little.

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