In September 2015 our traveling exhibit, Hometown Teams, will visit Georgetown, SC. Did you know at least two of Georgetown's high schools had women's high school sports teams as early as the 1920s and 1930s?
According to the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, there were only 16,000 female intercollegiate athletes in 1966. By 1971, "fewer than 295,000 girls participated in hich school varsity athletics, accounting for just 7 percent of all varsity athletes." However, the 1972 enactment of Title IX created more high school women's sports programs and by 2001, 2.8 million females were high school athletes.
These images are from Andrews High School's 1929 women's basketball team and Winyah High School's 1944 team. In addition, there's a press clipping from Winyah's 1936 team, their 1937 team roster, and an admissions ticket for their 1929 - 1930 sports season.
What makes your town's teams stand out?