Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



First Advisor

Deidre Hill-Butler


Sociology, Sports, Title IX, Women, Media, NCAA, Sports Equity


This thesis seeks to examine the disparities women continue to face in the realm of athletics since the enactment of Title IX in 1972. This research is important because throughout history women have been left behind in society compared to men and athletics is just another social space where that occurs. Additionally, sports are so important to American culture, yet women still struggle to gain the respect and recognition they deserve. Feminist theory suggests that sports are gendered activities because the knowledge is grounded in the values and experiences of men. This thesis uses interview and survey analysis to understand equity within collegiate sports. It was found that 82.1% of the surveyed collegiate athletes believe there are areas for improvement for women in athletics at the collegiate level. In the 49 years since the passing of Title IX, these findings suggest that structural change is happening at a slow, yet steady rate. Finally, this thesis leads to possible suggestions for change and allows for further discussion regarding the future of women’s sports.