Observed on February the 2nd this year, National Girls & Women in Sports Day is all about breaking the gender stereotypes built around the industry of sport. Have you ever felt left out of a sport because you’re a girl? This day is to fight for girls & women to belong in every aspect of sports. Celebrate, support and inspire others by being yourself and playing like a girl, because that’s the best way to play!
First observed in 1987 in memory of Olympic volleyball player Flo Hyman, known as the best female volleyball player of her time, who fought to promote equal representation of women in sports. This day, primarily observed in the United States, is important to be celebrated globally.
How to observe Girls & Women in Sports Day
Take part in your favourite sport
Girls & Women in Sports Day aims to motivate girls & women to play sports and realise their full potential. So grab your kit and take the opportunity to play your favourite sport!
Learn the history of the fight for equal participation of women in sports
Thank the individuals and organisations that fight for equal representation of girls & women in sports. Use social media to post your thanks, or share your thoughts to help somebody else learn. Make sure that those who are signposting the cause are aware they are doing the right thing.
Plan your own event in support
Get people involved by planning your own sports event in support. You can download resources from the Women’s Sports Foundation website to help you plan your day with ease.
Below are just a couple of the many foundations out there that actively support and inspire a change of the stereotypes of sport.
Women’s Sports Foundation
We are the ally, advocate and catalyst for tomorrow’s leaders. We exist to enable girls and women to reach their potential in sport and life.
This Girl Can
The campaign celebrates active women who are doing their thing no matter how they look, how well they do it or how sweaty they get.