Playing youth sports helps women in their careers – Life Inc.
Jennifer Ngo, 32, a special agent for the FBI, played basketball when she was in college. Elyse Darefsky, 54, an IT manager at Cigna, was a big collegiate volleyball and basketball player. And Sarah Ann Slater, 23, who starts graduate school at the London School of Economics in the fall, was a junior tennis champ.
All three women credit sports for their achievements beyond the playing field, and studies show playing sports in your youth can indeed contribute to future career success.
“For me, it was about being part of something bigger than yourself,” said Ngo, who also played soccer growing up. “As I got older, it helped me with my career.”
Their experiences point to how important it is for girls to have opportunities in athletics. They also underscore the significance of Title IX, which paved the way for more gender equity in high school and college sports, and celebrates its 40th anniversary this month.
Engaging in sports in youth can help women, and men, attain career success later in life, and many prominent women often point to that experience as a reason for their ability to climb the ladder.
Irene Rosenfeld, CEO of Kraft Foods, played everything from field hockey to basketball when she was in high school; former Alaska governor and vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin touted her sporting past as a basketball player for the Wasilla Warriors; and SEC Chairman Mary Schapiro was a lacrosse player in college.
Strange Random Sport Quote:
If only Hitler and Mussolini could have a good game of bowls once a week at Geneva, I feel that Europe would not be as troubled as it is. – R.G. Briscow
- Title IX celebrates 40th anniversary in women’s sports (denverpost.com)
- Title IX broke more than just athletic barriers for women (nbcpolitics.msnbc.msn.com)
- Title IX Is All About “Hope” (arizona.sbnation.com)
- Buoyed by Title IX, women’s college sports have come a long way (enterprisenews.com)
- Title IX Wasn’t a Cure-All (abqjournal.com)
- Lisa Leslie: The First Daughter of Title IX (huffingtonpost.com)
- Matt Trowbridge: Equal numbers don’t come from equal opportunity (rrstar.com)
- Commentary: Title IX legislation was the start of a revolution (pennlive.com)
Posted on July 3, 2012, in Article and tagged Basketball, Cigna, Irene Rosenfeld, Kraft Foods, London School of Economics, Mary Schapiro, Sarah Palin, Sport, Title IX. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.