When addressing a room full of developing-world businessman, Microsoft's Bill Gates shocked and outraged them with the observation that one of the biggest impediments to development is the number of nations and cultures that still waste half their human capital: women.
But even here in America, aka "Freedomville," we occasionally come up short. Women still make an average of 70 cents on the dollar and are discouraged or disallowed from many activities—like sports. While no shortage of women's leagues have been born in recent decades, the paradigm that there are somehow "girls' sports" and "boys' sports," still reigns. If men or women, girls or boys, are passionate about a sport and if they have the talent to make the cut, there isn't any good reason they shouldn't be able to participate.
So today, why not do something about it?
In honor of National Girls and Women in Sports Day, ladies can swing by Idaho Ice World tonight from 7-8 p.m. and try their hand at ice hockey. All equipment—skates, sticks, helmets—will be provided.
The event is free. Register online at idahoiceworld.com.