She starts to create power by bringing in historical events that were very powerful themselves. She does this by addressing MLK’s speech and how the “dreams of a personal nature as well as dreams of a better world” (Finch) are powerful and worth fighting for. She is comparing the dreams of women being able to participate in the Olympics and the dreams of a better world. As in, women having the right to participate in the Olympics by vetoing for softball would be creating a better world for women. She is effective here because she is using power and history in her writing to persuade her audience.
Then in 1967 things changed. Switzer became the first numbered woman in the Boston Marathon. When she signed up she put her name down as K.V. Switzer and was accepted. When people heard of women playing sports or running long distances they wondered if their bodies could handle the stress and if it would affect their childbearing abilities.
Women athletes and women workers do not get the recognition they deserve. Men especially, look down upon women when it comes to their appearances, their knowledge and a women's physical and mental strength. In certain cases, a woman loses out on a job in the sports industry because she is exactly a woman. A male trainer can refuse to train women because of the parts her body has. Men and women have grown up in a world with the mindset that women know less than men when it comes to sports.
In Nauen). Participating in a sport has a lasting impact whether one continues the sport professionally or not; without Title IX, a vast amount of women would be at a disadvantage later in life due to the fact that they would not have the opportunity to participate in a team. Aside from sports, Title IX was instituted to break the boundaries that kept women out of law and medical programs. Nauen states how before Title IX was put into place, more than a quarter of men finished college, but less than a fifth of women completed college. Now with Title IX the
Gender Inequality in sports is an issue as old as sport itself. I choose this topic because we as a society seem to sweep it under the rug time after time. Women in sports however, try to address the issue only to have it go on deaf ears, leaving them to continue in the sport hoping something will change. Over the last few decades, strides have been made, but he sport remains an institution dominated by men. These women, whether they are in sport or in the business world, want a fair chance to be on the same level as their male counterparts.
(Amanda R. Hoiness) Participation in sports that require what are considered typically “male characteristics,” such as speed and strength can present an “image problem” for many female athletes. (Amanda R. Hoiness) While some research suggests enhanced self perceptions of female athletes participating in cross-gender sports the perceptions of others may not be as positive. Female athletes are often seen as being more like the typical male in terms of characteristics, attitudes, and behaviours. (Amanda R. Hoiness) Female athletes may also get rid of typical feminine behaviours after they follow the masculine behaviours that accompany their sport. While these changes in themselves do not alwasy represent a negative outcome the negative reaction of others can result in unfavourable consequences in terms of the treatment of female athletes.
Softball is a sport that would be considered female dominated, but even that sport is not popular enough to remain in the Olympics. Even as nations try to redefine sports by having more women play masculine sports, the viewership is not there to help sustain the sport, and this continues to affirm "gender-appropriate sports" because women are not seen playing masculine sports. Although efforts are being made like having every single women's hockey broadcasted in the Olympics, gender stereotyping within sports prevent certain female sports to remain in the Olympics due to the lack of viewership and participation. For example, the United States and Canada dominate female hockey because they have better funding and better selection of players, this limits the number of teams in the Olympics, risking its elimination. This was an evident problem as even the president of the International Olympic Committee, Jacques Rogge, mentioned that women's hockey will face elimination if the rest of the world did not "catch up" (Poniatowski 23).
In the 1928 Olympics held in Amsterdam, nine women ran in the first women’s 800-meter run. After finishing it is told that some women had already quit and dropped out before the race was over. Others had finished and were so exhausted that they couldn’t stand. It was deemed that this extensive exercise was going to hurt their reproductive organs. Most of this was a lie.
Primarily, there needs more conversation about these issues so adolescence will be able to understand their emotions and not feel embarrassed about getting help if necessary. Only 41 percent of adults in the United States with a mental health condition received proper treatment over the past year. If there were more discourse on these subjects, maybe the number of those treated would rise and those with depression can share their stories on how running benefited their mental health. Although running does not and will not cure anxiety and depression, it can help. Kirsten Jett, a Boston Marathon qualifier, struggled with depression for her whole life and decided to pick up running.
6). The reform that women worked on expanded the opportunity of the federal government of fixing the issue of education,health,wages, and working conditions.In document 6,Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s point of view was that women are just as smart and powerful as men.Women do not always have to be protected by men just because they think that they are “ weak and ignorant and defenseless”.American women are capable of protecting
Since the NBA is more known than the WNBA they get more fans, sponsors, and exposure. It is tough for the WNBA to get out there, sure some people know it exists but most do not pay attention to it. Lisa Leslie, a WNBA star, stated “It would be nice getting more fans to support the WNBA and more women supporting women in sports” (Martin). “The Princeton women 's basketball team did something no other Ivy League men 's team had done before, racking up 30 wins and zero losses. The Princeton team garnered national headlines, which was great, but I still wondered what it was going to take for women 's sports to get the same attention as men 's sports” said Kelly Wallace the author of this article.
In the article “I won. I’m sorry.”, Mariah Burton Nelson shows viewers how tough to be female athletes in our society since many people still believe that sports are for men but women. They claim that femininity is about beauty, weakness, and uncompetiveness. Therefore, to be accepted as a real winner in sports games, besides wining the games, female athletes also have to win the audience approval in which female athletes has to present both strength and elegance. Moreover, female athletes have been facing an unfair coverage on the media.