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).
Sign our petition to the International Olympics Committee.
Use the Resources to explore the ways you and your Club can take action!
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!
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!
- Fact Sheet—Learn the facts about the gender gap in sports in this one-page document
- Club PowerPoint Presentation— Educate your Club members, peers, on women and girls in sports
- Read a Letter from WWE Superstar Charlotte Flair
- Host a Sports for a Purpose Forum
- Host a Sports Tournament
- Host a Women & Girls in Sports Movie Night
Inspiring quote graphics to share on social media
- International Olympics Committee
- Sporting Intelligence
- Women's Sports Foundation 1
- Women's Sports Foundation 2
- Sports Photography Book
- UNICEF Sport Report
- Transgender Report
- Women in Sport
Girl Up Rio
Learn more about gender inequality and sports with these blogs:
- Sports Have No Gender by Melissa Aldana
- What It's Like to be a Female Athlete by Olympic Wrestler Kelsey Campbell
Learn more about how Clubs are tackling gender inequality and sports with the stories below:
- Empowering Female Athletes While Fundraising by Laura Solano-Florez