Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Gender Gap in High School Athletics, By State

The Women's Sports Foundation recently published* 2006-07 data showing for each state the percentage of high school athletic opportunities offered to girls. WSF then ranked each state by the difference between the percentage of athletic opportunity for girls and the percentage of female students overall.

By this measure, the number one state for female high school athletes is ... New Hampshire! New Hampshire girls receive 47.1% of high school athletic opportunities and make up 49% of the student population, giving it the highest score of any state, -1.9. Pennsylvania was a close second place, with a score of -2. Maine, Vermont, and Minnesota rounded out the top five (all > -3).

Alabama, whose high schools only offer 32.3% of athletic opportunities to girls, has the worst score of any state, -17. Louisiana, D.C., Tennessee, and South Carolina round out the bottom of the list, with scores ranging from -15.9 to -12.5.

*a temporary "homemade" link is provided here, which I will replace with an official, permanent WSF link once the data summary is posted on its website.


Gender Blank said...

Let's hear it for the Northeast! (and Minnesota)

Anonymous said...

As bad as the District of Columbia treats female athletes in the DC Public Schools, let me gently remind you that DC is not a state. Neither are the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Palau. I think also that these other six may have infinitely worse scores than Alabama.

Anonymous said...

It would be interesting to see a breakdown for the number of "playing opportunities" as well as the overall "team membership opportunities". For example, many schools in our area have boys and girls varsity bowling teams. Only 6 to 8 of each gender end up participating in meets, but everyone that wants to participate is allowed to attend practice.

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