First, read this story: [link] Headlines:
Are girls' sports being cheated?City high school audit to examine district's compliance with Title IX
So, my take on this issue. This is a rant. Fasten your seat belts.
Rotsa ruck, peoples.
The problem manifested in the schools as athletic gender inequities is (IMHO) actually in the society at large, especially in this football-infested town. Females are still viewed as inferior beings, without regard to race, age, report cards, or any obvious (and not so obvious) talents or abilities. Now and again we Pittsburghers generate a Swin Cash (WNBA) or Suzie McConnell (college hoops), but except for those once-a-decade headline acts, you never hear about women sports heroines from Pittsburgh. OTOH, we crank out several male legends a year, on average, who make it big in the NFL or wherever, and everyone knows it.
The sports section of the Post-Gazette, for decades, has featured five times as many female figures in the advertisements (for strip clubs and the like) than in editorial photos (i.e., girls/women actually doing something in sports). Females just don't matter in Pittsburgh athletics. And unless and until you can change an entire couple-million-sized town's mindset about that, well, you're gonna get what you got now. Four-fifths of the community here doesn't even know the Pittsburgh Passion (women's professional football team) even exists, and wouldn't give it more than a passing thought if they did. At $14/ticket, Passion tickets go begging. Stillers tix? You can't buy them. You have to finagle getting one from season ticket holders. Figure on a minimum of $140/seat. Per game. Yeah. Really.
I could go on, but let's just say that the problem is enormous, and nobody can see it for the elephant in the room.