National Girls and Women in Sports Day

National Girls and Women in Sports Day
Observed by United States
Frequency Annual (first week of February)
Related to Title IX, Women's sport, Women's Sports Foundation

The National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) is an annual day of observance held during the first week of February to acknowledge the accomplishments of female athletes, recognize the influence of sports participation for women and girls, and honor the progress and continuing struggle for equality for women in sports.[1][2]

Each year since its inception in 1987, the United States Congress recognizes women's contributions to sports and society on a day during the first week of February.[3] NGWSD is celebrated annually across the United States and features community-based events, notable women athletes, awards, and other activities.[4][5] The events are organized by members of the National Girls & Women in Sports Day Coalition, including the Women's Sports Foundation, National Women's Law Center, the President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition, and Girls, Inc..[1]


"In recognition of the contributions women's sports have made to this country, and of the need to further advance women's sports, the Congress, by

Public Law 99-540, has designated February 4, 1987, as "National Women in Sports Day" and authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation in observance of this event. NOW, THEREFORE, I, RONALD REAGAN, President of the United States do hereby proclaim February 4, 1987, as National Women in

Sports Day.[6]

On February 3, 1987, President Ronald Reagan signed Proclamation 5606 declaring February 4, 1987, as National Women in Sports Day.[6]

NGWSD was originally initiated in 1987 as a day to remember Olympic volleyball player Flo Hyman for her achievements and work for equality. Hyman died suddenly of Marfan's Syndrome, a genetic disorder of the connective tissue, in 1986 while competing in a volleyball tournament in Japan. Since then, the day of observance has evolved to recognize all women athletes, their past and current sports achievements, the positive influence of sports participation for women, girls and society, as well as the progress made since Title IX was passed and the continuing struggle for equality and access for women in sports.[7]

See also

Other holidays honoring women


  1. 1 2 "About". National Girls & Women in Sports Day. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  2. Glass, Alana (31 January 2017). "How Celebrating National Girls And Women In Sports Day Can Unlock The C-Suite". Forbes. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  3. McCarthy, Karen (February 2, 1999). "13TH Annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day". United States Congress. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  4. "National Girls and Women in Sports Day: 18 exciting moments in women's college sports". NCAA. 1 February 2017. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  5. "National Girls and Women in Sports Day". NBA. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  6. 1 2 "National Women in Sports Day, 1987" (PDF). United States Government Publishing Office. February 3, 1987. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  7. "National Girls & Women in Sports Day". South Dakota High School. Retrieved 21 February 2017.

Further reading

  • Blumenthal, Karen (2005), Let Me Play: The Story of Title IX: The Law That Changed the Future of Girls in America, Simon and Schuster, ISBN 0689859570
  • Brake, Deborah (2010), Getting in the Game: Title IX and the Women's Sports Revolution, NYU Press, ISBN 0814787126
  • Mitchell, Nicole; Ennis, Lisa A. (2007), Encyclopedia of Title IX and Sports, Greenwood Publishing Group, ISBN 0313335877
  • O'Reilly, Jean; Cahn, Susan K. (2007), Women and Sports in the United States: A Documentary Reader, UPNE, ISBN 1555536719
  • Woods, Ron (2015), Social Issues in Sport, Human Kinetics, ISBN 1450495206.
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