In 2008, New York’s Jessica Green and Emily Stieff started “Women’s Squash Night” as a way for New York Squash to build growth in women’s squash. In 2011, after four successful events in New York, AJ Copeland reached out to Stieff to put a similar event together in Washington, DC. In the fall of 2012, the night turned into a nation-wide celebration—Women’s Squash Week.
In 2018 over fifty participating events engaged more than 500 women of all ages and skill levels for social round robins of singles, doubles, and “queen of the court.” And in 2019, the first-ever Women’s Squash Week: Pop Up Edition took place May 10-19, bringing female squash players together on and off court. More than 150 players organized and took part in twelve events held in seven states and women of all ages and skill levels participated in organized play and social events. The goal is social, not competitive, play to inspire women to get back on court after the summer, reconnect with old friends, and introduce new women players to the sport.
Women’s Squash Week not only brought players out in droves to local events, but it has helped spawn more participation in weekly round robins, league teams, and the development of new teams to participate in the Howe Cup. Women’s squash nights really help to dramatically increase local tournament and league play along with the number of women seen on court at the clubs on a daily basis. They provide a welcoming and social introduction for those beginner players which in turn helps to build a strong community of women’s players.