Recognizing Girls and Women in Sports
In this video, members of the MCPS Student Athlete Leadership Council share the history and significance of National Girls and Women in Sports Day.
Los miembros del Consejo de Liderazgo de Estudiantes Atletas de MCPS comparten la historia y el significado del Día Nacional de las Niñas y Mujeres en los Deportes
Feb. 1 marks the 37th annual celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day. This celebration inspires girls and women to play and be active, and to realize their full power. The confidence, strength and character gained through sports participation are the tools girls and women need to become strong leaders in sports and life.
National Girls and Women in Sports Day was first observed in 1987 to remember Olympic volleyball player Flo Hyman and acknowledge her work in promoting equal representation of women in sports. Since then, the day has evolved to commemorate all female athletes, their achievements, the positive impacts of inclusion of women in sports, and to address the challenges regarding equal participation of women in sports activities. The day also appreciates the progress made since the enactment of Title IX, a law passed in 1972 that called for equal participation of everyone in all programs and activities that were federally funded, regardless of gender.