#RADIO – Olympics Fever! Women, Girls, & SportsPosted August 15th, 2012 by Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner
The Olympics! The torch. The pageantry. The athletic accomplishments that are unimaginable to us mere mortals. This is a historic Olympics for women: The U.S. team included more female athletes than male for the first time ever. We’ve come a long way since Title Nine passed 40 years ago, now more than 200,000 women play college sports, compared with 16,000 in 1972.
But we still have a ways to go. By age fourteen, girls are dropping out of sports at twice the rate of boys. And as women’s sports have gained prestige, fewer female coaches are hired. In fact, of the five sports where the U.S. is fielding a woman’s team under a single head coach, only one– soccer–has a female coach.
Scroll down to find some highlights from the Olympics Fever show, which I hope will inspire everyone to listen to the program in its entirety. There was so much great content and conversation; it couldn’t all fit in one blog post here!
“The video talks about how at the age of 14, girls drop out of sports at twice the rate that boys do, and on the video you see on a field girls hear ads that are targeted towards that age group – it’s things like 20 ways to do your hair, and how to be flirtatious, and how to make him notice you. And so half the girls walk off the field and they’re suddenly wearing high heels and makeup and their hair is done. So the girls who are left on the field are kind of like you know, “What’s going on here?” So hopefully it captures this idea that we need to keep her in the game.”