Zonta USA Advocacy Action Center

Zonta International is a global organization of individuals dedicated to building a better world for women and girls. The Zonta USA Advocacy Action Center is a tool for our members in the United States and other individuals who share our commitment to gender equality to take action to improve the lives of women and girls. With your help, we can make a difference. In addition to the actions below, click here to support our joint efforts with UNICEF USA to end child marriage in the United States.

Promote equality in women’s collegiate sports
Two years after the dramatic inequities between men’s and women’s college basketball were laid bare, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has still failed to address structural issues regarding equality. After hiring a law firm that recommended 39 actions the NCAA should take to address gender inequities, the NCAA made a few quick fixes but rejected and neglected to commit to implementing others.

The Women in NCAA Sports (WINS) Act (H.R. 2532) addresses and promotes fairness for NCAA women’s sports programming. The bipartisan legislation would establish a 16-member congressional commission to comprehensively study equality in the NCAA’s operation of tournaments and other programs for which there are men’s and women’s divisions. 

The commission will present a final report with policy recommendations that the NCAA should adopt to promote equality and fairness between men’s and women’s programs and reforms Congress should consider to improve oversight of equality at the NCAA.

Specifically, the commission report to Congress must include:

  • A comparison of the NCAA’s treatment of men’s and women’s teams in postseason tournaments and other student-athlete programs including venues and equipment provided for games and practices, lodging and transportation, media contracts, licensees, sponsors and other fulfillment partners who deliver essential elements of the tournaments, and overall budgets.
  • An analysis of the NCAA’s constitution and policies that affect equality between men’s and women’s college sports teams.
  • An overview of federal government support for the NCAA and recommendations for improved federal oversight of the NCAA’s promotion of equality.

The bipartisan commission will be composed of members appointed by House and Senate leadership, with special consideration of individuals with experience or professional expertise in college sports, equality, or Title IX compliance and those who are former college athletes, coaches, or athletics administrators. The commission will engage with key stakeholders to conduct its study and inform its recommendations to Congress.

Please use our pre-drafted letters to urge your representative to co-sponsor and support H.R. 2532. If they have already sponsored or co-sponsored the bill, you can send a message of thanks.

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