February 2nd is National Girls and Women in Sports Day. This day began in 2018 when President Obama signed a proclamation to designate the second Saturday of February each year as National Girls and Women in Sports Day. The goal of this day is to promote girls’ and women’s participation, health, fitness, sportsmanship, leadership skills, self-esteem, and economic potential through sports activities. We will be exploring what exactly this day means for us here at NGWSD Headquarters by looking at the history of the event; its goals; how it has developed over time; why we think it’s important for girls (and boys) everywhere to participate in this day; activities you can do today or any other time during the year; suggestions for incorporating this into our curriculum; and more!
History Of National Girls and Women in Sports Day
National Girls and Women in Sports Day is an annual event dedicated to the memory of Flo Hyman, a professional female volleyball player from 1952-1972. The observance began on August 4th, 1987—the day after she passed away at just 44 years old–to remember her work promoting equal representation for women’s sports during these Olympics as well as other events throughout time such that we may continue this momentum moving forward.
Flo was one among many athletes whose stories inspire us today but had no voice beyond their own efforts so it’s up to each one here now more than ever before: live proudly despite resilience setbacks dare I say adversity?
Title IX transformed the sports world for women, and it all starts with one simple law. The legislation passed in 1972 called for equal participation of everyone who participated in federally funded programs or activities as a result: Title XIX changed everything from how we play our games to whom makes up those lines on the field?
National Girls and Women in Sports Day are celebrated every year on the second Sunday of February. This day recognizes that women have made significant contributions to sports, including coaches who shape young people into better athletes by inspiring them with their own successes on the field or rink! It’s also important for girls to stay active outside of school so they don’t get too tired when it comes time for homework later today.”
National Girls and Women in Sports Day Activities
- Take part in your favorite sport
National Girls and Women in Sports Day is an international day dedicated to women who love playing sports. It’s also a chance for girls of all ages, abilities, backgrounds – no matter what your favorite sport or position on the field may be-to come together with others that share their passion for live-action sporting events!
This year I’m going out there myself…All I need are some new sneakers?
- Acknowledge the fight for equal participation of women in sports
Thank women for their work to improve the representation of athletes. It is important that we are all looking out for each other in this struggle, so take today as an opportunity to thank those who have been working hard on your behalf!
- Plan your own event
National Girls and Women in Sports Day is coming up on November 12th, which means that it’s the perfect time to celebrate women who play sports. This year we’re hosting our own NGWSSD events! What do you think?
5 FACTS ABOUT NATIONAL GIRLS AND WOMEN IN SPORTS DAY
- Women couldn’t even watch the Olympic Games
The ancient Greeks thought it was improper for women to watch the Olympic Games, but this practice has changed over time. Nowadays you can enjoy an exciting event with your family member or friend in tow!
- Women couldn’t participate in the Olympic Games
The first modern Olympic Games were held in 1896 and women couldn’t participate.
This year will be remembered as a turning point for the history of female athletes when they finally got their own games to prove once and for all that girls can do anything boys can!
- Plato was a feminist
Plato opposed the separation of men and women in his books “Republic” and “Laws,” but he also had some interesting ideas on what they could do.
In “The Republic,” Plato suggests that only boys should learn philosophy because girls are too emotional for it; yet when we read about Socrates’ daughters listening intently from outside a schoolhouse during an argument between their father (a teacher)and one visitor after another trying unsuccessfully to dissuade him from going inside – well maybe there’s something more than temperament making them good candidates! The next time you feel like giving up your seat…
- Women were underestimated
Medical authorities have long recognized that women experience a limited amount of energy during their menstrual cycle, and it’s drained at an accelerated rate.
- The sport was seen as a fertility threat
Sports were once seen as a threat to female fertility in America. Basketball was invented by James A. Naismith, a Canadian doctor who wanted an exercise that would not bring on menstruation but instead reduce pain and increase lung capacity for women who smoked their whole lives because it helped them quit cigarettes.
In the 19th century, American sports like football were thought of negatively due to their involvement with sperm production – however, this changed after Dr. Jamsieson created “Basketball quickly became one of his favorite games!”
WHY IS NATIONAL GIRLS AND WOMEN IN SPORTS DAY IS IMPORTANT?
- It breaks the gender stereotypes
- It inspires girls and women to be active
- It honors the achievements of female athletes