WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) joined her colleagues, U.S. Senators Laphonza Butler (D-Calif.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), in leading a bipartisan resolution marking February 7th as “National Girls & Women in Sports Day.” This resolution not only commemorates the remarkable accomplishments of girls and women in sports, but also underscores the need for broader efforts to advance gender equality across the country.

“As an athlete myself and the mother of a daughter who played a college sport, I have been a strong supporter of sports and understand the variety of benefits they can have for everyone, especially women. It was an honor to work on this resolution with Sen. Feinstein and I am glad that Sen. Butler has taken up that mantle. I will continue to fight to ensure our female athletes are treated with respect and fairness in competition. Today gives us an opportunity to celebrate all the progress we have made, and to look forward to the work ahead,” Senator Capito said.

“This resolution will shine a light on all the women who have helped uplift the next generation of athletes by inspiring them to excel both on and off the field,” said Senator Butler. “Let us celebrate the transformative power of sports and its unique ability to instill intuition, conviction, and courage into women and girls across our nation.” 


With the 2024 Olympics just around the corner and the recent enactment of Equal Pay for Team USA, it is more important than ever to highlight the achievements of women athletes and bring attention to the value they add to sports and our communities.

Joining Senator Capito and her colleagues in the resolution are U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Katie Britt (R-Ala.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.).

Full text of the resolution can be found here.

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