Detroit Digits: Women in Sports

Get today’s stats about women’s sports and how they stack up to stats from the ’70s.
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Photograph by Cydni Elledge.

In honor of the 50th anniversary of Title IX, which made it so that no person would be excluded from school sports on the basis of sex, we offer some modern stats about women and girls in sports, and how they stack up against numbers from the 1970’s.

294,000 girls played high school sports in 1972 (compared with 3.7 million boys).


3.4 million girls were participating in high school sports as of 2019.

30,000 women played college sports in 1972 (compared with more than 170,000 men).

219,000 women were playing college sports as of 2021.

60,000 additional collegiate sport opportunities are available to men as compared to women.

30% of college athletes are white women

14% are BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color)

41% of women’s NCAA teams had a women head coach in the 2020-21 academic year.

6% of men’s NCAA teams had a woman head coach in the 2020-21 academic year.


This story is from the November 2022 issue of Hour Detroit magazine. Read more in our digital edition.

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