What Gender Inequality Looks Like In Collegiate Sports
- Article Source
Ross, T. (2015, March 18). What Gender Inequality Looks Like in Collegiate Sports. Retrieved September 13, 2015, from http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2015/03/what-gender-inequality-looks-like-in-collegiate-sports/387985/
- Article Topic
Inequalities in sport
Last year, the former WNBA star Becky Hammon became the first full-time female coach in the NBA. And at the collegiate level there are currently more than 207,000 female student athletes, a 180 percent increase from the early 80s. Much of this success can be attributed to Title IX, the 1972 federal law mandating equal access for women in education, including sports. However, this article discusses how despite some progress through Title IX and other policies, female coaches and players are still significantly marginalized and undervalued and this is apparent through the start of the March Madness basketball tournament in March 2015 and how the women’s tournament is often so over-looked until perhaps the Final Four bracket comes about. The raw data that does exist demonstrates just how glaring some of the gender-based gaps in pay and prestige are. The Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act of 1994 made it mandatory for colleges receiving federal funds to make all gender-equality information about their athletic programs publicly available. Thanks to this mandate, analysts were able to crunch numbers on collegiate women’s sports from the 2013-14 year and publish them on a webpage on the data platform Silk titled “Money in Men’s and Women’s Sports.”
In the sporting world, women have made major strides both on and off the playing field—at least compared with the past– and I believe we need to do a better job of bridging the gap to promoting more equality. In this article, I was surprised to learn that female collegiate women’s basketball players are required to wait three years longer than their male counterparts before they’re even granted the option of playing in the the professional women’s league, due to age restrictions. It still angers me to this day that women are not viewed on an equal playing level as men in sports and this flows down to how men and women coaches are perceived. For instance, why should a female coach make less money than a male coach? Ugh, I could go on and one about why the pay gap is incredibly frustrating.
- World Impact (if applicable)
The world impact is simple: women are still viewed as less than males all over the world and it’s going to take a lot to change that perception.