Gender Gap in Sports

Sports is a gender equality issue. From youth and collegiate sports teams and professional athletes, to the back-end business of sports, girls and women face discrimination, a lack of access and limited opportunities. Gender inequalities are everywhere-- limited funding, little media coverage, and the pervasive body shaming of female athletes, to name a few. Girls and women face discrimination in pursuing and continuing with sports at every level. Until we level the playing field for girls in sports, we cannot fully realize gender equality.

Often, the narrative is shaped by whoever tells the story first. For too long, women have not had representation on the platforms that set the agenda – but girls’ and women’s stories need to be heard. That’s why we want you to tell the stories of women in your community. 

For International Women’s Day on March 8 and Women’s History Month, we are challenging you and your Club members to interview inspiring women in your community and share (with their permission) their stories on social media by using #EqualEverywhere and #GirlUpStories and tagging @girlup (Twitter) and @girlupcampaign (IG).

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Sign our petition to the International Olympics Committee.

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Take Action

Use the Resources to explore the ways you and your Club can take action!

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Submit Reports

No matter how little or large of an activity you do complete submit your report. We want to cheer you on and celebrate your wins from Girl Up HQ but we cannot do that if we don’t know what activities you are doing!

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Watch The Sports for a Purpose Playlist

WWE Superstar Charlotte Flair Encourages Girl Up Clubs to Close the Gender Gap in Sports

A special video to Girl Up Clubs from WWE Superstar Charlotte Flair encouraging girls to participate in Sports for a Purpose programming and help close the gender gap in sports.

An Ode to Myself: Backstage with Ibtihaj Muhammad

Named to Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential list, Ibtihaj Muhammad is an important figure in a larger global discussion on equality and the importance of sport. Hear how her voice continues to unite both the sports and non-sports world as an entrepreneur, activist, speaker and Olympic medalist in fencing.

#SportsForAPurpose with Paige

Listen to how Paige got her start in wrestling and her advice for other girls who want to become professional athletes!

#SportsForAPurpose with the Bella Twins

Listen to how Brie Bella and Nikki Bella got their start in wrestling and their advice for how to stay positive in the face of adversity.

#SportsForAPurpose with Becky Lynch

Listen to how Becky Lynch (The Man) got her start in wrestling and her advice for other girls who want to become professional athletes!



See what other Girl Up Clubs are up to in the fight for gender equality in sports!
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