Target: John B. King, Jr., Acting Secretary of Education
Goal: Allow young girls to play in sports that are traditionally male dominated such as baseball and football.
There isn’t a single recognized high school female baseball team in America. Despite there being around 100,000 girls playing youth baseball, a recent survey revealed that only about a thousand girls play high school baseball. All the other girls were discouraged from playing baseball as they grew older. They feel that they are bullied off the team, with most of the bullying coming from the coaches and the parents.
Throughout their careers, female baseball players are often asked when they will switch to softball. While many girls enjoy softball, others just prefer baseball’s longer bases, bigger fields, and smaller balls. Pitchers particularly do not want to switch to softball, having spent many years mastering a certain skill set. Throwing underhand is very different from throwing overhand. Baseball is only one of the many sports that do not allow girls to play. Football is notorious for not allowing women to play. There also isn’t a recognized female team and girls are bullied away from the sport by adults. Sign the petition below to ask the Department of Education to allow girls to play in traditionally male-dominated sports.
Dear Mr. King,
There are hundreds of thousands of little girls playing little league baseball and football, however, that number drops immensely as soon as they reach high school. No more than about two thousand are playing. Most girls are discouraged from playing baseball entirely — they’re instead asked to join softball — and are completely denied access to football. There isn’t a single recognized high school female baseball or football team in America.
Girls who look to join baseball are bullied from joining the team, almost always by parents and coaches. The parents believe the game is too rough for girls and that they’ll just end up getting hurt and the coaches believe that a female player will be physically weaker and therefore not as good as a male player. These types of thoughts are dated, sexist, and have no place in a society that is actively attempting to progress. Girls are thought to be just as capable as boys are in Little League teams, so why are they discouraged when their passion for the game continues into their teen and adult life? I ask that you allow girls to join male-dominated sports.
[Your Name Here]
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