RESOLUTION OF THE PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION SUPPORTING PASSAGE OF PENNSYLVANIA SENATE BILL NO. 890 REQUIRING REPORTING BY SECONDARY SCHOOLS OF ATHLETIC OPPORTUNITIES AFFORDED TO MALE AND FEMALE STUDENTS

WHEREAS, gender inequities persist for female athletes despite increases in athletic opportunities for young women and girls as a result of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972,

WHEREAS, the number of girls playing secondary school sports in Pennsylvania still has not reached the level of male sports participation in 1971;

WHEREAS, under Title IX, schools must offer female students equal opportunities to participate in sports;

WHEREAS, secondary schools currently have no obligation to report how many girls or young women participate in varsity athletics or the resources they devote to their girls’ varsity athletic teams;

WHEREAS, the Philadelphia Bar Association has a long-standing history of support for equal treatment under the law for all citizens of the Commonwealth; and, specifically, of support for equal rights for women or girls;

WHEREAS, on May 27, 2009, Sen. Mary Jo White (R-21st Dist.) introduced Pennsylvania Senate Bill No. 890 (Printer No. 1060), Session of 2009, with 20 co-sponsors;

WHEREAS, Senate Bill No. 890, Session of 2009, would amend the Public School Code to require Pennsylvania secondary schools to publicly disclose information about student athletic participation by gender, race, and ethnicity, and information about athletic facilities, equipment, coaching, and athletic expenditures by gender;

WHEREAS, since 1994, federal law has required colleges and universities to publicly disclose athletic information by gender, and this information has been instrumental in expanding intercollegiate athletic opportunities for women;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Philadelphia Bar Association supports and encourages enactment of an amendment to the Pennsylvania Public School Code, requiring Pennsylvania secondary schools to publicly disclose information about student athletic participation by gender, race, and ethnicity, and information about athletic facilities, equipment, coaching, and athletic expenditures by gender, either as now proposed in Senate Bill 890, or otherwise;

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Philadelphia Bar Association authorizes and directs the Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association to take such steps as may be necessary or appropriate to effectuate this Resolution, including communication of its position to members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly and the general public.

PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
ADOPTED: July 28, 2009