I went into Sports Medicine for a lot of reasons – one of the biggest reasons has to be the huge health benefits that physical activity has for the general population. Sure, it’s exciting to be pitch-side at a major sporting event treating professional athletes, but sport and its benefits are for everyone and clearly that includes WOMEN!So isn’t it time we spend more money on female sports in the UK? In fact, shouldn’t we consider legislation to increase spending on female sports?Let’s take a look at the other side of the pond:In 1972 the USA passed a law called Title IX, which is an amendment to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, it states:“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal Financial assistance.”This policy meant that Federal Funding could not legally give preference to men. Resources had to be allocated to both men and women. The intention of the policy was to change the norms that gave preference to males in all sorts of fields, including sport.Let’s look at the consequences of Title IX:
- Participation in high school and college sports increased by 904% and 456% respectively.
- Today, 42% of high school athletes and 45% of college athletes are women.