Is your school treating women athletes fairly?
Accelerate Equity makes it easy to find out.

Title IX prohibits sex discrimination in education, including in athletics. But 51 years after the law was passed, over 80% of colleges and universities still don’t provide women athletes with the opportunities to play, financial aid, or fair treatment that the law requires.

Accelerate Equity is bringing transparency to which schools are living up to Title IX — and which are not. We will make the data that schools self-report highly visible and easy to share. You can discover how each school is doing and what you can do to advocate for fair treatment in cases where a school should be doing more for its women athletes.

Accelerate Equity will celebrate successful schools, encourage improvement, expand awareness, and build the will to bring about change.

Opportunities to play college sports

Schools are supposed to offer women proportionate opportunities to play sports. For example, if 53% of students are women, 53% of spots on teams (i.e. opportunities) should be for women athletes. If a school doesn’t offer proportionate opportunities, they can fix this by adding more teams for women athletes.

In 2021, women made up 56% of all college students, but received fewer than 43% of spots on teams. The result? Over 200,000 women missed out on the opportunity to play college sports.

Explore how various schools are doing at providing a fair share of opportunities to women athletes

Explore how various schools are doing at providing a fair share of opportunities to women athletes

The data are self-reported by each school and can be found on the Equity in Athletics Data Analysis (EADA) website.

Learn more about other ways a school may comply with Title IX if it does not offer proportional opportunities.

Athletic Scholarships

Schools are supposed to provide female athletes with proportional athletic scholarship dollars. For example, if 40% of a school’s student athletes are female, 40% of the scholarship dollars (plus or minus 1%) should go to female athletes.

However, female athletes received $400 million less in athletic scholarship aid than male athletes in 2021.

Athletic Scholarships

Schools are supposed to provide female athletes with proportional athletic scholarship dollars. For example, if 40% of a school’s student-athletes are female, 40% of the scholarship dollars (plus or minus 1%) should go to female athletes.

However, female athletes received $400 million less in athletic scholarship aid than male athletes in 2021.

Equitable Treatment

Schools are supposed to provide similar treatment (i.e., provide a similar quality of benefits and services) to their male and female athletes across many areas including: equipment; scheduling of games and practices; travel; coaching, facilities; medical and training; housing and dining; publicity and promotions; support services, and recruitment.

Title IX does not require that overall expenses are equal, or even proportionate to the percentage of female athletes. However, the data show a long-standing and widespread pattern of greater spending on men’s teams than on women’s teams in many areas.

Across all NCAA schools in 2021, men’s teams received 46% of athletic expenses -- women’s teams received 25%. The remaining 29% of expenses are not allocated by gender. 

Coaches Salaries

If the coaches of men’s teams earn considerably more than the coaches of women’s teams, that provides a strong incentive for the best coaches to coach men’s teams where they will be better compensated.

Coaches Salaries

If the coaches of men’s teams earn considerably more than the coaches of women’s teams, that provides a strong incentive for the best coaches to coach men’s teams where they will be better compensated.

In 2019-20, head coaches of women’s teams received salaries, on average, ranging from 19% to 49% of what coaches of men’s teams earned.

Recruiting

Investment in recruiting is essential for a team to be successful over time.

In 2021, across all schools, only 29% of recruiting dollars were spent on women’s teams ($93 million), while 71% ($230 million) was spent on recruiting for men’s teams.

Stay tuned to explore financial aid and expense data per school. We’re focusing on fair spots on teams first, because of the tremendous opportunity for improvement in this area.

Recruiting

Investment in recruiting is essential for a team to be successful over time.

In 2021, across all schools, only 29% of recruiting dollars were spent on women’s teams ($93 million), while 71% ($230 million) was spent on recruiting for men’s teams.

Coming Soon

Stay tuned to explore financial aid and expense data per school. We’re focusing on fair spots on teams first, because of the tremendous opportunity for improvement in this area.

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