The Chicago Wolves are proud to continue our support of equality and equity in sports through Women in Sports initiatives.
The organization recognizes the accomplishments of female athletes, front office personnel, media members and all those dedicated to raising awareness about the positive aspects of sports for girls and women.
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Since the early days of modern, organized sports, women have fought for equity in sports, from equal wages among male and female athletes to simply the right to take the field. From modern day superstars to the early advocates for women’s place in sports, female athletes have been making their mark on athletics for centuries. Myths surrounding women included those that women could harm themselves if they participated in sports and might also make them unattractive to men.
Despite this, in the late 1800s and early 1900s, informal athletic clubs had begun to form, and in the 1900 Olympics, 22 women competed alongside men in events such as sailing, croquet, equestrian, tennis and lawn golf. In 1922, the first Women’s Olympic Games took place in Paris, where women competed in more physically demanding events such as shot put. The 1940s saw the introduction of the first women’s professional sports league, with the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.
While the 1950s and 60s saw some advancements for women in sports, particularly at the Olympic level, it wouldn’t be until the passage of Title IX of the Education Act in 1972 that women were allowed equal opportunity in education and in sport. Prior to Title IX, there were fewer than 30,000 collegiate athletes in the U.S. By 2012, that number had risen to 190,000. While equal access to opportunity in sports is guaranteed under law, the fight for true equality continues to this day.
Pay inequity for female athletes has been a point of contention in recent years, as women were earning lower wages as athletes in organizations such as the WNBA, USA Hockey and the United States Soccer Federation. Women were also earning less prize money in competitions such as Wimbledon and the World Surf League’s Championship Tour. Despite barriers, women have fought—and continue to fight—to be seen as equal in their athletic capabilities.
What does Title IX mean for women in sports? Title IX is a federal law that requires all educational institutions in the U.S. to reward and treat male and female athletes equally. Along with that, it also ensures the prevention of discrimination when it comes to accessing sports facilities, training centers, equipment and other support provided to sport programs.
CHICAGO WOLVES coaching STAFF’S favorite female athletes