Shop our 2024 calendars. Now available for purchase!
Image for Little League Girls Day

Little League Girls Day

Little League Girls Day marks the anniversary of the date in 1973 when New Jersey became the first state to allow girls to play Little League baseball. In 1972, eleven-year-old Marcia Pepe of Hoboken, New Jersey, had played three games for her Little League team, the Young Democrats, when the national Little League organization ordered her team to remove her or lose their charter. After she was removed, her story gained attention, and the National Organization for Women soon contacted her parents asking them if they could bring a lawsuit. The organization brought a suit on behalf of girls ages 8 to 12.

Sylvia Pressler, a hearing officer of the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, ruled on November 7, 1973, that the prohibition of females in Little League violated state and federal anti-discrimination laws. "The institution of Little League is as American as the hotdog and apple pie. There is no reason why that part of Americana should be withheld from girls," Pressler said. By the time the ruling was made, Pepe was 13 and too old to play Little League, but her case would soon change everything.

The Little League Federal Charter had read: "Girls are not eligible under any conditions." But following the New Jersey ruling, the charter was amended so that girls everywhere could play Little League Baseball, and Little League Softball was created, specifically for girls. Almost 300,000 girls signed up for softball in 1974, and one of every 57 Little League players were girls that year. Millions of girls have played Little League since, with about one in seven players being females today. Some have even played in the Little League Baseball World Series.

How to Observe Little League Girls Day

A few ways to celebrate the day include:

Exclusive Content

Enjoying Checkiday? It takes a lot of support from fans like you to run a free website. For exclusive content and other perks, please consider supporting us on Patreon. Thank you!


This event does not currently have a sponsor. If you'd like to increase visibility for this event while gaining exposure for yourself or your brand, you can learn more here!

Something Wrong or Missing?

We would love to hear from you! Please contact us using this form.

Observation Notifications

Would you like to be notified before the next observation? Add this event directly to your calendar with this link. You may also sign up here to be told when other notifications are available!

Also on this date…