One of the saddest things about sport today is the issue of gender inequality. You have to live under a rock today to not acknowledge that women are getting the short end of the stick in the corporate world and when it comes to pay scales.
Female athletes have it as bad. Not only are women in sport facing the normal hazards that come with the territory, there are countless other issues in the mix making female athletes just give up on a career in sport. There is a plethora of problems. Female athletes are objectified by fans, commentators, and currently there are very public issues with team doctors who sexually harassed or molested female athletes, some coaches are inappropriate – although to be fair this happened in football academies too recently where guys were abused in much the same way. There are many who look at women’s sports as a showcase for their pleasure. Female athletes have to deal with sexist comments coming especially from men who think these female athletes aren’t strong or talented enough to perform well.
And then the biggie – the difference in pay between male and female athletes.
Cases of female athletes that have come to the media to fight for their rights have become more popular. One recent case involving the USA women’s and men’s soccer teams brought up this endless discussion about equal payment in sports between genders.
Following the men’s World Cup in 2014 and women’s World Cup in 2015, the women’s team filed complaints about wage discrimination. The women’s team beat Japan in the championship game to become the best team in the world for the third time, while the men’s team suffered one more early elimination in their history.
Even though the women’s team came out on the top, the amount awarded by the players wasn’t nearly equal.
To add insult to injury, almost 30 million people watched the women’s soccer finale on TV in the United States as the American team finished their undefeated competition with a monumental win over the Japanese team. This game remains the most watched soccer match in the history of the country, including men’s games. But yet, the female team didn’t receive nearly the same remuneration as the men’s team.
With women’s teams gaining popularity around the world, it seems that equality between genders is inevitably going to be an issue in the sports industry for many more years to come. This is because people continue to deny that female athletes are capable enough to perform at a high level and to make a spectacle for their audience.
And we need to correct this. This is why SportsPodium is being created. To level the playing field. The ball is your court.
Do your bit to stand up for this outrage.
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