A recently study found that women can perform just as well in certain sports as men can.
Researchers at Indiana University looked at data from USA Swimming-registered boys and girls from 6 to 19-years-old.
The data was almost 2 million swims spanning 5 years, ending in 2010.
It was basically the same for 11–12-year-olds.
The only real differences started to show once the kids started hitting puberty around 13 or so.
Most people believe that boys and girls can't compete fairly because of physical differences.
The study's lead author said:
"Our data would seem to argue that this is not always the case. Due to differences in developmental pace it seems to be true that at least in some sports there are periods of time during which girls and boys might be athletic equals."
The authors don't suggest that young boys and girls compete against one another, but the study does show that elementary and middle school students could safely, and fairly compete against each other.
Just like in The Hunger Games! LOLz!
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