Uneven playing fields: State variations in boys' and girls' access to and participation in high school interscholastic sports

Jomills Henry Braddock, Jan Sokol-Katz, Anthony Greene, Lorrine Basinger-Fleischman

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Abstract

Using 2000 aggregate Office of Civil Rights (OCR) data combined with demographic and contextual data from National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES); this paper finds gender parity in only a handful of states, wide variation among states in girls and boys access to single-gender interscholastic sports and teams, and that states vary widely in patterns of participation in single-gender sports activities. Regression analyses suggest that gender disparities in athletic participation opportunities among states is associated with states per pupil expenditures and student racial composition. Gender disparities in single-gender athletic participation rates among states are strongly associated with participation opportunities as well as per pupil expenditures and student racial and composition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)231-250
Number of pages20
JournalSociological Spectrum
Volume25
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2005

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  • Sociology and Political Science

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