Gender Equity

Welcome to the second annual Women Sports Film Festival. We are excited to be returning to Oakland with a full slate of new films celebrating the athletic achievement of women and girls from around the world. Our 2017 program includes seven feature length documentaries and 16 short films featuring female athletes from three continents participating in 18 sports.  The festival runs for from September 28 to October 1, 2017 at The New Parkway Theater. Festivities kick off with our Opening Night film, Girl Unbound, about Pakistani squash player and human rights activist, Maria Toorpakai, on Thursday, September 28. On Friday, September 29, we take a look back at the role Venus Williams played in the historic fight for equal prize money at Wimbledon, with Ava DuVernay's film, Venus Vs.  Saturday, September 30, starts with #EverydayActivism, a panel discussion with athletes using their platforms to create social change, including WNBA legend, Chamique...

In honor of Father's Day and the 45th anniversary of Title IX we are reposting our article about the important role father's play in supporting their daughters.  Check out our post on the Huffington Post blog,  The Importance of Fathers in Sports Gender Equality. Title IX is the landmark legislation passed in 1972 that prohibited discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally-funded education program or activity. Implementing the provisions of the new law was a slow and arduous process in which fathers emerged as the champions of enforcement on behalf of their daughters. As Karen Blumenthal says in her book, Title IX: The Law That Changed the Future of Girls in America: Congress passed the law that opened doors for girls and women in school and sports, and the government was charged with enforcing it. But the secret weapons in the fight for fairness was dads. The generation of girls born in the...

Previously appeared in the Huffington Post. There are many inspiring commercials featuring the U.S. women’s national soccer team (USWNT), portraying them as role models for young girls who hope to achieve at the highest level of their sport. The most powerful thing the USWNT is doing for women of all ages is to lead by example by standing tall and asking for a raise. Yes, let’s first talk about this equal pay issue as a performance-based raise. Their performance from top to bottom has been exemplary, on and off the field. As it turns out, simply “asking” requires the courage to work against how we’ve been socialized to behave as females. As a society, we teach women that it is not appropriate or “feminine” for them to focus on what they want, assert their own ambitions, and pursue their self-interest—and we don’t like it when they do. From the time they’re very young,...

Title IX is the landmark legislation passed in 1972 that prohibited discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally-funded education program or activity. Implementing the provisions of the new law was a slow and arduous process in which fathers emerged as the champions of enforcement on behalf of their daughters. As Karen Blumenthal says in her book, Title IX: The Law That Changed the Future of Girls in America: Congress passed the law that opened doors for girls and women in school and sports, and the government was charged with enforcing it. But the secret weapons in the fight for fairness was dads. The generation of girls born in the 1970's and beyond grew up with fathers who firmly believed their girls should have the same experiences as their boys.  When teams were dropped, when fields were in disrepair, when the coaching wasn't very good, dads went to bat for their daughters....