She says that “Like King’s dream, my dream is also shared by millions of people from all backgrounds” (Finch). She is emphasizing how she is just one of millions wanting softball to be re-added to the Olympics. How softball is her dream and the dream of millions of girls around the world of all backgrounds. She also says adding to this that “A world which, for me, would enable more women to participate in the greatest celebration of sports and humanity on our planet, the Olympic Games” (Finch). She is saying her dream of a better world allows women to be celebrated.
In a “Dear Colleague” Letter from the U.S. Department of Education concerning Gender Equity in Career and Technical Education, it describes the legal requirements for gender equity in CTE programs. Title IX expanded opportunities for women to compete at all levels. Today, 1 in 2.5 girls play varsity sports. In addition, the number of women competing at the collegiate level has gone from 32,000 to 150,000.
After words younger women started to rebel against the standard for women. “In a cool, glittery style that mirrors the roaring decade she delves into.” (Publisher Weekly 2013) Flappers set a new tone of normal from the older housewife lifestyle to rebellious and hard working citizen. These brave women stand against the norm and changed the world by allowing women to work at the same jobs that men work by proving themselves.
Similarly, Rudolph broke the Olympic record in the 200m dash (23.3 seconds) in the heats before claiming another gold medal with her time of 24.0 seconds. She was also part of the U.S. team that established the world record in the 400m relay (44.4 seconds) before going on to win gold with a time of 44.5 seconds. As a result, Rudolph became the first American woman to win three gold medals in track and field at a single Olympic Games” (“Pioneering Olympic Medalist”). This is proof that even though someone can start off with disabilities and defects as a young child, they can always have hope and bring themselves back up. It is not about how someone starts, but it is about how they finish.
What is equality? Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut Everyone tends to question what equality stands for and why does everyone fight for it. What people mean when they say “equality” is race, religion, and sex. The story “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut gives examples of how our government created a way to represent equality to be able to stay in power.
One woman who fought for these modern-day prize money changes was Serena Williams. Williams has fought for women’s equality and served to be an inspiring role model for many African Americans and young females. “I was a 19-year-old focused on winning and being the best I could be, both for me and for the kids who looked up to me” (Williams). Williams currently has twenty-three grand slam tournament wins and she is considered by many as the greatest athlete of all time not just because of her outstanding forehand, but because of her battle for equality (Barker).
Not only is the media coverage in conflict with O’Flaherty’s personal interests, it also shines an unnecessary spotlight on other members of the LGBT community that would prefer not to be defined by their sexuality. True equality for the LGBT community will not be achieved until they are able to go about their lives the same way heterosexual people can. Calling attention to their sexuality, in a positive manner or not, prevents a normal livelihood for the nine million Americans who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or gay. The best way to support this community would be to give them the same treatment that we would anyone else, without bias or judgement based on their sexual
Katie Ledecky, for instance, won gold and broke her own world record in the 800-meter freestyle but on that same day, Michael Phelps tied for a silver medal in the 100-meter butterfly. Naturally, in the newspaper the following day the tile read ‘’Phelps ties for silver in 100m fly’’ and in a smaller print underneath it read ‘’ Ledecky sets world record in 800m freestyle. Even though Katie’s was the bigger achievement and she actually won her race her success was overlooked by Michael Phelps’s who didn’t even win his race. However, this is not the only example of a females sporting achievement being over-shadowed. After Andy Murray, a British Tennis champion won gold in the men’s tennis singles in Rio, John Inverdale, a BBC commentator congratulated him on being his success of becoming ‘’the first person ever to win two Olympic gold tennis medals”.
Women should be given the right to be able to choose whether they want to compete against men instead of being segregated by gender. When asked whether men and women should compete against one another in a recent poll the large majority of people (68%) said that they think women and men should compete against each other. In today’s world when race, colour of skin and religion does not separate us in sport why does gender? Many people think that this is a big issue in sport considering that we live in a supposedly equal world. A recent study in the US confirmed that only 1.6% of
Title IX was signed into law in 1972 and it required equality for male and female students in each educational program and activity that received federal funding. This means that universities had to offer sports that women could participate in. The reasons Title IX came into being was a demand from Women’s Rights organizations for equal opportunities. Prior to 1972, sports, competition, and many other university programs were generally considered to be masculine and “ not ladylike.”
This also relates to girls and boys. If it is not provided, both sexes have to be allowed to try out if they want to participate on the same team. The division between men and women’s teams has increased the number of women playing in a sport. Before Title IX, less than three hundred thousand women played
It all began when Billie Jean gave women hope when she beat Bobby Riggs on September 21, 1973 (Billie Jean vs. Bobby Riggs: The 40 years Recap (Excerpt)). On September 21,2013 markedthe 40th anniversary. After that women got encourage to be like her and step up for women rights. Women created sports leagues for woman (Title IX and the of women’s Athletics).
Rudolph impacted humans because she was the woman that did the unthinkable, becoming the fastest woman in the world. “Wilma’s celebrity brought unprecedented attention to women in the Olympics, especially to women’s track and field events. She inspires generations of women athletes especially minority women athletes who faced so much more barriers to achieving their dreams.” (Engel,2014). One athlete tells Wilma’s impact on her, “It was a great thrill for me to see.