Did you know that each year women who play division one sports spend an average of 33.3 hours a week on training during the prime of the season? (O'SHAUGHNESSY). Women college athletes are lifting weights, running sprints until they vomit, and staying up countless hours trying to complete their homework yet still don’t get the respect they deserve. Women have always gotten the short end of the stick. When they would work they would earn less money than men for doing the same exact work, just because of their gender. Gender equality in school sports, specifically the college level is an injustice in our society today because women’s teams are not earning the same amount of money as men’s teams for the same amount of time, work and, effort. Secondly women’s teams often don’t get the same recognition as men do.
The UConn women’s basketball team has been very successful for the past years. They have won 71 consecutive games. They also won national championships in 1995, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014 and 2015 according to NY times. Unfortunately, previous years have shown that even if this year’s Huskies win the tournament, the N.C.A.A. will basically ignore them as if nothing even happened. On the other hand, the mens basketball team pays a great deal of money to the men’s teams. Every single game that the men’s team plays in a year, excluding the championship game will earn roughly $260,000 this year plus $260,000 for the next consecutive 5 years. What this really means when it comes down to numbers that the men’s UConn basketball team will earn approximately $1.56 million in a single tournament. Besides the fact that the women’s team has won 71 consecutive games in a row, and is known to be one of the best in their league they will earn no money at all in a tournament. (ZIMBALIST)
this photo is representing that the amount of money women are making relative to the amount that men are making is unfair due to the same amount of hours put into the sport.
You wake up every single morning and work the same hours, put in the same amount of effort yet still get no recognition for your athletic showings. Who wants that kind of college experience? Research and data has been proven to show that as a country we generally show more interest in male dominated sports. Women’s basketball is the most covered collegiate women’s sport, but it still is hard to find a game on live television unless both teams are in the top ten of their league and no men’s teams are competing at that time. Surprisingly affiliations and networks are doing nothing to make a change. The University of Southern California Center for Feminist Research, have done research and have concluded that between 2004 and 2008 the percentage of women’s sports broadcasted dropped from 6.3% to 1.6.%. Its extremely unfortunate and unfair, I think that eventually in many years’ women’s college sports could potentially stop broadcasting games because of the decrease in spectators over the years. In a past UConn basketball game, statistics show that men had approximately 10,000 spectators while the women were attracting 6,000. (ZIMBALIST) This is an injustice that is affecting many college athletes who are becoming emotionally affected by the absence of recognition. Although many women college athletes are becoming disappointed, there are some actions we as a world can do. More women need to stick with their sports at a young level and have women athletes as role models and aspirations. Secondly more college women’s sports need to be broadcasted on live TV.
So what if you are a man or a woman. People deserve equal opportunities and the same respect no matter what gender you are. College athletes specially women should no longer be penalized because they are women. They should get the same treatment and same pay as men are receiving because of their hard work, time and accomplishments. This ongoing injustice of favoring men’s sports in the college level or even in all levels of sports is playing a major negative impact, on women’s sports teams. As Monica Crowley once said, “True equality means holding everyone accountable in the same way, regardless of race, gender, faith, ethnicity - or political ideology. “.