Smithsonian

Ruth Colker

The purpose of athletics is the same for boys and girls to develop sportsmanship, physical fitness, and self-confidence. By recognizing the equal importance of physical fitness for girls and boys, the State would improve many of the negative attitudes of the school system and of the girls toward themselves.

Girls also need to be given the opportunity to excel so that they can achieve recognition, self-esteem, and scholarships like the boys presently do. A clear directive is therefore needed from the state to discard the antiquated separate but equal doctrine and instead accept coeducation as the way to improve the present situation so that boys and girls can together achieve these same goals of athletics.