Perhaps you watched this summer's Olympic sporting matches, saw the U.S. women nab 66 percent of Team USA's gold medals, and thought, "Progress!" as you gazed at a sunrise, which was, you had an inkling, really just, like, a metaphor or whatever for how a new era of women's athletics is dawning thanks to 40 years of Title IX. Unfortunately, thanks to a hot and fresh report from the Sport, Health and Activity Research and Policy Center for Women and Girls gloomily titled "The Decade of Decline," your fist-pump may have been a little premature. Way to jinx it.
The report analyzes data from the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights Data Collection on high school athletic opportunities for boys and girls between the 1999-2000 and 2009-2010 school years. Though the data shows that opportunities for girls to participate in high school sports definitely increased during the 90s, further progress towards equality has apparently stalled and maybe, in some instances, even reversed over the last decade.