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REPORT SHOWS WOMEN GAINING GROUND IN NCAA ATHLETICS
Published October 26, 1999
The NCAA's most recent gender equity study released yesterday shows that "more women are participating in intercollegiate athletics and more women are receiving athletic scholarships with parity projected in six years," according to Lena Williams of the N.Y. TIMES, who notes that the number of women participating in Div. I-A athletics has "increased by an average" of 28 per school, compared to 15 for male athletes since '97. The report found that 40% of all Div. I-A women athletes received 41% of athletic "scholarship dollars" at Div. I-A schools. NCAA President Cedric Dempsey, who "pointed out" that Div. I-A schools "spent an average" of $172,000 on men's recruiting and $72,000 for women: "That's just not good enough" (N.Y. TIMES, 10/26). In Indianapolis, Sean Horgan reports that the 40% female athlete figure is an "increase" of 9% from '92. Dempsey, who said that the "pace and extent of the progress still leaves much to be desired": "We have to dedicate more resources to women's programs at a faster rate. Clearly, we have to do a better job of attracting women to sports programs" (INDIANAPOLIS STAR-NEWS, 10/26).