It’s not just for boys

Kennedy Curtis, News Writer

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Women have come a long way in the world to prove they too can participate in sports, yet they are still underrepresented. There’s a multitude of amazing, successful female athletes such as Simone Biles, Serena Williams and Chloe Kim, but all we hear in sports media are names like Tom Brady, LeBron James and Tiger Woods.

Why is that? It’s because society is still in this sexist mindset that sports is a male dominant field rather than being co-ed. Because of this women aren’t given the recognition they deserve.

Last March the entire United State’s Women’s soccer team took the U.S Soccer Federation to court for a gender discrimination lawsuit. The team claimed they play and win more games than the male team yet they don’t get equal pay.

According to the Guardian the women’s team earned a quarter of what the men’s team earned even though they generated “$20m more than the men that year”.

The females athletes said “ “institutionalized gender discrimination” affected not only their paychecks, but also where they played and how often, how they trained, the medical care and coaching they received, and even how they traveled to matches”, according to the New York Times.

Women are sadly still expected to partake in stereotypical feminine activities like shopping and obsessing over makeup instead of getting dirty on the field. But what society doesn’t realize is how many times women have defied the odds and proven we are capable of being extraordinary athletes.

Take Jackie Tonawanda for example. She was a legendary boxer that helped females today be able to compete in the ring after fighting court over sexist laws. In an epic match at Madison Garden Square in 1975 she knocked out Larry Rodania, a male athlete. It was an amazing achievement for all future female boxers.

There’s also Billie Jean King. She is best known for her match against Bobby Riggs in 1973. According to the Tie Breaker King vs. Riggs was the “the most viewed tennis match and was viewed by an estimated 90 million people around the world”.

Because of her natural talent and dedication to her craft she won the match which earned more respect for female tennis players. Her tremendous victory was even adapted into a film called “Battle of the Sexes” which starred Emma Stone and Steve Carell.

These are only two examples that prove we can play sports too, but it’s not only with athletics.
Women are capable of so much more than what society gives us credit for. Whatever a man can do you better believe a woman can do it just as well.

It’s about time the female community gets the respect and equality we deserve in sports, but until then we’ll just keep proving our excellence time and time again.

As a journalist I am personally ashamed of the lack of female athletic coverage I see in the media. I am tired of watching ESPN or reading sport articles only about men.

I’m not saying the sports media needs to one-hundred percent be focused on women, but what I’m trying to say is there needs to be a balance between the sexes.

There are so many young girls who dream of becoming great athletes, but if all they see is men then they won’t feel like they have a chance to succeed.

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