As Billie Jean King once stated, “It is very hard to be a female leader. While it is assumed that any man, no matter how tough, has a soft side... and female leader is assumed to be one-dimensional.” King was best known for her long and successful tennis career. She was born November 22, 1943 in Long Beach, California. In both word and action, she revolutionized sports for women, most famously by winning the 1973 “battle of the sexes”. As years passed, Billie Jean King learned that women can be superior as well and brought recognition to all women athletes.
Strong arms, quick feet, and competitiveness and Women Who Hit Very Hard and How They've Changed Tennis is what Michael Kimmelman gives us in his great story on women tennis players then and now. It is clear to all who follow tennis that the women are stronger, fit and more skilled than ever. Kimmelman says “they’re stronger, bigger, faster, better trained and pushed above all by the example of the Williams sisters” (p 513). He explains how Venus and Serena have redefined the sport around power. These two sisters have raised the bar for everyone in tennis because for many the earlier rounds at the Grand Slams you wouldn’t have to put as much energy to get to the next, but since the sisters stepped into the game you have to put your all in to make it.
When King finally accepted the match, it was under the guise that she believed that it would finally allow people to see that women should be accepted as equals in sports. Although this match had a happy ending, still over forty years later, women still fight to be accepted as equals in sports. Through Title IX and stories like Billie Jean King’s, women have begun to fight for their rightful place in the sporting world. Although women have made many breakthroughs into men’s sports, there is still so much to do, so many hurdles to overcome, and so many miles to travel before equity in men’s and women’s sports can be achieved. Although there are many things to still be achieved in this battle, I believe that one way to gain more acceptance as equals in the arena of sport is f... ... middle of paper ... ...ttp://ftw.usatoday.com/2014/02/jen-welter-becomes-first-woman-to-play-in-mens-pro-football-league-at-non-kicking-position Messner, Michael A.
Richard Williams’s two biological children, however, Venus and Serena, were started on the court at the ages of five and four respectfully and possessed natural talent. Serena and her sister were practically raised on the local... ... middle of paper ... ...become stronger and more ethnically and bodily diverse as a result of Serena Williams presence. Williams inspired young African Americans to become involved in professional athletics when she defied the unspoken rules of game by proving where one is from, what color one’s skin is, what shape one’s body is, and how much money one has, do not matter. In addition, her charitable interests and business deals outside of her sport have developed Williams into the woman she is and made her legacy undeniable. Youth today, are fascinated with Serena Williams and her success.
The Williams Sisters: double trouble on the tennis court, Gabby Douglas: 2 times Olympic Gold Medalist, and Lolo Jones: a fierce Olympic competitor in hurdles and now bobsledding are all present day athletes that have captivated headlines with their accomplishments through sports. The Civil Rights Movement altered everyday life for all African Americans and soon other minorities in America. The movement also changed the world of sports for African American legends to come as well. Previous accomplishments of African Americans in sports propelled Althea Gibson to make her mark in history. Althea would change the world of sports, impact future athletes to come, and leave her mark in history.
She has also learned to fight for what she wants, and that same tenacity will push her to succeed academically and professionally in the field of public health. After graduating from college Maya chose to take a brief hiatus from academics and I was extremely proud and excited to bring her into our Academy as a coach. Because of her personal experiences as a top tennis player she is able to relate to her young students, motivating them to do their best. Maya easily relays her years of tennis knowledge in a way that is straightforward an... ... middle of paper ... ...lls, and discovering new interests; all of which give her a unique perspective and make her a very distinctive and well rounded candidate. She has prepared herself to pursue a master’s degree in public health through academically, in conducting relevant research, and traveling abroad for a medical aid trip; showing her dedication in preparing for this path she has chosen.
The booming post-war economy and the sports heroines increased the popularity of women athletes. The idea of a woman was changing, from being dainty and delicate to athletic, healthy and strong. There has been a growth in opportunities for women in sports, and the media brought this competition to everyone’s attention around the world. The accomplishments of the women athletes of the 1920s were the beginning of the journey to becoming equal to men in the world of sports.
One big women's sport that is well known worldwide now and is a leader for Title lX is the US Women's Soccer team who has won previous World Cups Titles and has been a firm demander and supporter of what Title lX has done and will continue to do. Years ago no one even cared about women's sports and what it takes for a woman to be accepted in the sporting world and not be called a tom-boy. It takes determination and hard work, much more of say the average male athlete. Even though men are taking hits throughout the years for equality, women are taking strides towards equality and are looking towards the future or their sports and their games.
The Results of Title IX on Women's Sports Over two decades have passed since the enactment of Title IX, a federal law prohibiting sex discrimination in federally funded education, including athletics. As a result of Title IX, women and girls have benefited from more athletic participation opportunities and more equitable facilities. Because of Title IX, more women have received athletic scholarships and thus opportunities for higher education that some may not have been able to afford otherwise. In addition, because of Title IX the salaries of coaches for women's teams have increased. Despite the obstacles women face in athletics, many women have led and are leading the way to gender equity.
NCAA vs. AIAW Women have faced an uphill battle throughout the history of sports whether it is to be able to compete in sports, to attain equal funding for programs, to have access to facilities, or a number of other obstacles that have been thrown in their ways. Women have had to organize and administer their own sports structure rather than compete within the men's structure that existed. The sheer strength and determination of many women sports heroes is what propels women's sport to keep going. One theme that has predominantly surfaced in this fight though is the merging of women's programs with men's, oftentimes only when they are successful enough to stand alone on their own. When female athletes wanted to participate in tournaments and intercollegiate play they had to form their own league, since the NCAA would not accept women's teams.