I would like to know if you can either help
me or direct me as to who to talk to, where to
My daughter has played football for the past
2 years. She is 10. I was just told that tomorrow
they are going to cut her from the team. She
is the only girl to play for the team in the
past 20 years. They're cutting her because she
is a girl.
There is more to say on this but, I would just
like to know who I can ask for help from, in
order to stop this from happening.
Thanks for reaching out to Feminist.com.
Legally, I bet there is very little you can do.
School systems are required to support equal
opportunities, not necessarily the same ones.
For instance, a counter argument might be that
she has to play on the boys team until there
is a girls team, but they are only required to
provide the same number of opportunities, not
necessarily the same. Of course, there are city
and state laws which might be more comprehensive
than the federal. And certainly you can raise
awareness in other ways.
First, I think you have
to get a clear reason about why she is being
cut -- can she literally not handle it or are
they presuming that she can't? I think this reason
is key to understanding how to formulate a response.
And certainly there are two issues at stake --
one is changing their backwards thinking and
the other is protecting your daughter. It will
be interesting to see how she interprets this.
I hope that helps,