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Homeroom with Education Leaders | Throw Like a Girl: 50 Years of Gender Equity in Girls' Sports
Youth sports provide a range of benefits to athletes, their families, and their communities, including improved academic outcomes; however, girls continue to be underrepresented in athletic programs. Girls are more likely than boys to have never played sports and are less likely to be currently playing a sport – this disparity is even starker for Black girls and those in low-income communities. Join us for a conversation around why girls struggle to access and persist in sports, how schools can break down these barriers, and how participation in school athletics programs can support overall student success.

Mar 23, 2023 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Que Tucker
Commissioner @North Carolina High School Athletic Association
Marilyn Que Tucker was an outstanding basketball player for 4 years at Stoneville High School. Upon graduation, she attended Mars Hill College, where she played basketball and graduated in 1974 with a B.S. degree in physical education. She earned her master’s degree in physical education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1977, serving as a graduate assistant there in women’s volleyball and basketball. In 1989, she was named Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at North Carolina State University, working along-side the famous Hall of Fame Head Coach Kay Yow. Additionally, she helped guide the Wolfpack women to an ACC Championship in 1991. Tucker is currently serving as the Commissioner of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association. She has a background in officiating, serving as a game official in volleyball, basketball and softball. She is a charter member of the Mars Hill College Athletic Hall of Fame and a member of the NCHSAA hall of fame.
Shiwali Patel
Director of Justice for Student Survivors @National Women's Law Center
Shiwali Patel is the Director of Justice for Students Survivors at the National Women’s Law Center and leads the Center’s advocacy addressing gender-based harassment in schools, including sexual assault. Her work also focuses on strengthening civil rights protections for LGBTQI+ students and addressing other issues of gender equity in education. Previously, she was at the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, where she worked on civil rights policy and legal guidance interpreting Title IX’s anti-discrimination protections, including schools' responsibilities in responding to sexual harassment, protections for transgender students, and the rights of girls of color. Before joining OCR, Shiwali was an Administrative Judge and investigator at the U.S. Department of Energy, a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia, and a law clerk to the Honorable Laura A. Cordero at the Superior Court for the District of Columbia.