Advocacy with Women's Sports Foundation

Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, Capitol HillFebruary 1, 2012

Women's Sports Foundation

  • Board of Trustees (2015 - 2020)

  • Athlete Advisory Panel (2014 - present)

  • Ambassador (2002 - present)

Rep. William Lacy Clay of Missouri (February 4, 2012)
Joking around with Rep. Gwen Moore of Wisconsin (February 4, 2012)

Ambassador Work

Activities to help increase girls & women in sport include:

  • Advocating to advance legislation involving Title IX protection on Capitol Hill, meeting with legislators to help cosponsor and support legislation, advocating for bills alongside the National Women’s Law Center and speaking on Capitol Hill

  • Working with the President and CEO to set priorities and publicize the work of the organization

  • Gala Committee Co-Chair

  • Organizing and implementing programs that aim to serve the Foundation’s mission, including the Brainstorming and Ideation Session (2014)

  • Serving as a featured panelist at the University of Michigan (S.H.A.R.P. Center for Women and Girls) for “Progress and Progress: Title IX at 40 Conference” (2013)

  • Hosting a Special Olympics event (2012)

  • Hosting a Women’s Sports Foundation/New York Yankees celebration of Daughter’s Day event at Yankee Stadium (August 2012)

Billie Jean King & Queens DA Melinda Katz Salute to Strong Women Event, WTTAugust 11, 2016

Recent research reports the Women’s Sports Foundation has produced includes:

  • Chasing Equity: The Triumphs, Challenges, and Opportunities in Sports for Girls and Women , a comprehensive report that surveyed over 2,300 female leaders in sport on the current landscape for girls and women in sport that assesses progress made and identifies where steps can be taken to empower girls and women as leaders and participants in sport. The Chasing Equity report coincides with the The Equity Project ,an initiative designed to help ensure equal access to sport and physical activity for girls and women. The goal is to inspire the nation to imagine the day when we are no longer chasing equity, but living it fully. 

  • Keeping Girls in the Game: Factors that Influence Sport Participation, a study that examines the social influences on youth entry and retention from sports that influence youth sport involvement. The report discusses sport participation disparities across youth gender, age, race/ethnicity, family socioeconomic background and region, and the attitudes and influence of parents.

  • Beyond Xs & Os: Gender Bias and Coaches of Women's College Sports, one of the largest, nationwide surveys of its kind, designed to generate facts and analysis of the workplace experiences and views of male and female coaches of intercollegiate women's sports. The report concludes with policy recommendations to help better utilize college sports as a vehicle for equitable participation and opportunity.

Snapshots from 2012 WSF Holiday Video - scroll for pics!