Increased Sports Opportunities for Women
From the Chronicle of Higher Education:
Cal State U. Says in Report That It Has Increased Sports Opportunities for Women
By ERIK LORDS
Five years after settling a lawsuit that charged it with discriminating
against female athletes, the California State University System is
providing more funds, scholarships, and opportunities for participation in
women's sports, according to a report released by the institution
Most of the system's campuses are in compliance with the terms of the
settlement, and those that are not will be within a year or two, according
to Ken Swisher, a spokesman for the system.
The changes are in response to a consent decree that settled a lawsuit
brought in 1993 by the California chapter of the National Organization for
Women. The lawsuit alleged that all of the system's campuses were
discriminating against female athletes by not providing enough money for
scholarships for women's teams, and by not offering enough opportunities
for women to play sports. Cal State issued the report on its progress
Tuesday in accordance with the terms of the 1993 decree.
"We're very pleased with the results of our internal report on gender
equity in athletics," said John D. Welty, president of Cal State's Fresno
campus and chairman of a committee that is monitoring how the consent
decree is being carried out. "C.S.U. campuses have allocated massive
resources to ensure equality of opportunity, and we will continue our
commitment to this standard."
Linda C. Joplin, Cal-NOW's coordinator for athletics issues, said that she
was pleased with the progress and that her organization would continue
monitoring the system.
"C.S.U. has taken seriously its commitment to women's athletics," she said.
"Although all of the campuses are not quite there yet, the progress is
significant, and their planning is sound."
Three campuses -- California Maritime Academy, and the Cal State campuses
at Monterey Bay and Channel Islands -- were not part of the system when the
lawsuit was filed, and the San Marcos campus did not have National
Collegiate Athletic Association sports. Nineteen campuses are included in
Some of the changes made between the 1992-93 and 1998-99 academic years:
Financing for women's athletics jumped 266 percent, and financing for men's
sports grew by 44 percent. Fifteen of the system's 19 campuses are now in
compliance in this area.
Athletics scholarships for female athletes in the system increased by 184
percent; for men, the number of grants jumped by 59 percent. Currently, 49
percent of grants go to women in the system, up from 35 percent. Eleven of
nineteen campuses are in compliance in this area.
Participation opportunities increased as at least 38 new sports were added.
Roughly 53 percent of all of the system's athletes are women, up from about
34 percent. Eleven of nineteen campuses are in compliance in this category.