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#HipHop4Her: Women In Sports; Under-Rated

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I recently asked my friend to tell me something that happened in her life that is worth writing about. She responded “I could’ve been a great player [basketball] and I was but there was a lack of exposure.” That got me thinking that women in sports are often objectified and not exposed or praised as much as the men in basketball. We always hear about Kobe, Dwayne Wade, Lebron James, and Stephen Curry. What about Elena Donne, Maya Moore, or Sue Bird? Elena Donne plays for the Chicago Sky and scored 23.4 points this season, Maya Moore plays for Minnesota Lynx and scored 20.6 points and Sue Bird plays for Seattle Storm and 5.4 assists. Why is it that we don’t hear about this in the media? BUT we do hear about when one of them has become pregnant or married. You know about stuff that women should be doing.

Taken from Motherjones.com

Taken from Motherjones.com

It is time that not only media empower women in sports but that they empower everyone, everywhere. My friend played basketball almost her entire life, up until her college career. Then during college her basketball life dwindled due to the lack of exposure as she said. Which is very unfortunate and it’s sad to say that if she were a boy her basketball career could have taken a different route. Women and girl athletes have yet to reach the same level as men in the sports world. According to Feminist Majority Foundation, women are still only one-third of interscholastic and intercollegiate athletes. In college, women receive 26 percent of college sports operating budgets and less than 28 percent of college recruiting money.  The lack of funds can decrease a woman’s chance of reaching their potential and getting recruited.

Taken from Motherjones.com

Taken from Motherjones.com

Due to Title IV the representation of women in college sports has changed. Title IV prohibits discrimination against girls and women in federally funded education including athletic programs. Women and girls have benefitted from this because this allows for more opportunities in the athletic field.  They have received more athletic scholarships and an opportunity to receive a higher education. Although Title IV has opened up doors for women, there are still barriers for women in athletic careers.

Taken from Motherjones.com

Taken from Motherjones.com

Women in athletic careers still experience low wages compared to men who have athletic careers. The salary for a man as a head coach of a basketball team is $71,511 compared to a woman who does the same job whose salary is $39,177. Another issue with women in sports is the stereotype of being lesbian because you’re involved in sports. More than half of female administrators said that their involvement in sports made others assume that they were lesbian. 46 percent of female athletes reported that they have witnessed the same assumption.

Women deserve as much airtime as men, and the reason that women do not receive as much attention as men is due to the media. Women sports aren’t worth the time to actually write a segment about. Although the records and statistics are different when comparing men and women in sports, that doesn’t discount a woman’s athleticism.

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