Women in sports is relatively a new thing in the U.S. Until 1972, discrimination in sports on the basis of sex was very prevalent. Title IX established fairness in regards to sex discrimination for women in federally funded schools and programs. I had the ability to interview a woman who lived and went to school during this era.
Women are becoming a bigger part of the professional sports world. The number of professional sports for women is growing at a very fast rate. Right now though, the comparison of women's professional sports to men's professional sports still varies greatly. For example, men's professional sports range from wrestling to football to skateboarding. Women on the other hand, do not have the opportunity to participate in these professional sports. But this is changing quickly. Women are beginning to receive the same opportunities in sports as men.
Since sports and athletics have been brought into our society it has always been gender specific. For example, it is seen that males should be playing the rough and tough sports or athletics such as rugby and football, whereas the women should be participating in less competitive sports and athletics such as swimming, or running. Can you imagine that the world population of women is around forty-nine percent and they still aren’t given the same opportunities or respect as men? Being a women in the twenty-first century playing one of those “non-traditional” sports is a tough task for these women. The women who choose to do so are usually questioned about their sexuality and
Women have been criticized when it comes to sports participation, sports is viewed as a dominant role for males and females should play a supportive role rather than participating in the actual field activities, this is just one of many reasons why inequality still exists. Sandys (2007) suggests that gender inequality in sports stems from the stereotypes that exist in society today. For example, stereotypes of women’s physical abilities and social roles are still very prominent today, and so women naturally feel inferior in the sports domain. If we stray away from the right track towards gender equality in sports and increased feelings of empowerment will only be reached if these stereotypes are eliminated (Sandys, 2007). Therefore, it could be argued that increased media coverage of women’s sports could be a possible solution, because it would serve to ed...
In 1970 only 1 in 27 girls participated in high school sports, today that ratio is 1 in 3. Sports are a very important part of the American society. Within sports heroes are made, goals are set and dreams are lived. The media makes all these things possible by creating publicity for the rising stars of today. Within society today, the media has downplayed the role of the woman within sports. When the American people think of women in sports, they think of ice skating, field hockey and diving. People don’t recognize that women have the potential to play any sport that a Man can play, with equal skill, if not better.
...arely mentioned. When female athletes are covered in the media, the focus is on more traditional “feminine” sports or individual gender-neutral sports, rather than team sports. By essentially erasing women within “masculine” or team sports, the media is reducing the potential for increased female involvement within these sports. The language used when covering female athletes and the informality assumed when utilizing their first name serves to demote the value or importance of their accomplishments and skills as an athlete. In addition, gender-marked sports convey the idea that women’s sports are the variation from the “norm” or men’s sports. Ultimately the message that parents and children receive is boys should be strongly encouraged to engage in sports, while girls, if they wish to participate in sports, are directed towards more traditionally “feminine” sports.
If a television network was to broadcast an athletic practice of a professional men’s team and a professional women’s team, it would be clear that both teams work equally as hard and push themselves to great lengths in order to reach their goals. Their efforts are proven and displayed when each team goes against their opponent and experience the benefits of their hard work when they are victorious. Although men and women work equally as hard as each other in preparing and training for their athletics, it is the male sports that get more recognition and are more widely broadcasted not only in the United States but also on an international level. If both teams
In the realm of sports, it is evident that women are depicted as lower quality. The common
...We exploit and demine them. Women are capable athletes and there is a market for women’s sports. There isn’t a good reason why women should be excluded from be involved in any aspect of sports. Women can be just as valuable and contributive to the sporting industry as men.
People think some sports are perfect for men, like football, soccer, and wrestling. They think men can play better than women play. During the game going, men sports can attract people to watch, more exciting, more fun, more attending. We have a good example of some men sport can make more people to talk about it. Like men’s world cup. Most of people want to watch, get exciting about the world cup final. The whole world will put the world cup as the media headline. On the other side, can anyone say who the champion on last women world cup was? I think majority people don’t even know who the champion is. Some people could do some google search of that, otherwise no one cares about the champion. Except the men world cup, some people can name all champion lists from the first time to now a days. This why women sport always look down a level compare to men sport. On the other side, girls’ sports have other point of view of that. For an example, volleyball, can be play in both gender. They have both different strength points on both sides. Men have power and taller so they can easy get a point. However, women have softer than men, so they can struggler more on 1 point. Sometimes, if the sport struggler in a point. It could make more people interesting and attract them to
In summary, Despite opponents argue, fans want to see thunderous dunks and incredible athleticism over the lesser abilities of females, male competitions is more intense and there is more at risk, and male driven associations produce more revenue than female driven associations. It is apparent that male and females are built differently therefore they have different abilities, females go through the same types of events and often have more on the line, and female athletics aren 't given the same recognition or praise. Then, maybe one day female will receive the same amount of pay as their male counterparts. As, Vera Nazarian once implied, “A woman is human. She is not better, wiser, stronger, more intelligent, more creative, or more responsible than a man. Likewise, she is never less. Equality is a given. A woman is human.”
Throughout history, women have had to struggle for equality in all elements of our society, but no where have they had a more difficult time than in the area of athletics. Sports is a right of passage that has always been grafted to boys and men. The time has come for our society to accept women athletes and give them the attention they deserve.
...age of female sports. News and the press coverage and broadcast of male’s sports substantially more than females. This is an issue because women in sports work and dedicate themselves equally as much, but receive less than 10% of coverage. Granted, women make up only 2/5 of athletes, but the coverage is far more uneven than the number of athletes. Women’s sports receive the shorter broadcast on television, magazines, and newspapers. Secondly, when female athletes do receive coverage, there is more focus on the appearance of the athletes rather than their dedication to, or skill in, the sport. Athletes not considered attractive by the majority population are ignored and forgotten by the media. The media should be more even in their coverage between male and female athlete’s, and cover women based on skill and effort, as opposed to their level of attractiveness.
Athletes are all over the place from social media, news, and television. But most the games shown are all male athletes. Female athletes do not receive the same attention. Even at a young age, many people view girls as weak and non-athletic, while boys are strong and athletic. Many people will say female athletes do get the same attention as male. Women athletes are definitely less thought of less than males due to attendance, perception, and income.
We live in a world that changes quickly, so it's no terrible surprise that the image of women in sports is changing quickly, as well. Relatively, it hasn't been that long since women were not even socially permitted to participate in sports or any kind of physical activity-- now, I dare say, it's nearly expected. There are still remnants of past gender-types, but overall I think the image of women in sports has changed dramatically.