Women in Sports
In sports more often people do not acknowledge women sports as much as men’s sports. From the time of early Olympics the role of women in sports and games was neglected. The end of the 19th century and turn of the 20h century saw the rising interest of women in sports both as participants and spectators. However compared to men’s participation in sports, women sports are newer and is the reason for them not getting the recognition they deserve. But the world of sports has begun to see how women’s sports can be just as interesting and exciting as men’s sports can be.
An important role in encouraging women to participate is played by the educational society, be it at school or at college. The provision of sporting facilities on an even scale to both women and men shows the new trend. This has seen a rise in the number of women participating in sports. More people want to see women play sports now than in the past because of the better quality of players. However a few discriminations still persist. For example television time is something that both men and women teams have to compete over. In most areas men get most of this television time which is not fair at all. There should be equal television time for both the sexes. Women are just as important as men are. Also it is seen that when it comes to salaries, coaching positions, cash awards and television time men are again given the preference. So to an extent along with the concerned authorities even the media is responsible in promoting equality to women in recognizing their accomplishments. It is beginning to even out a lot more though, than what it used to be. Now days you can usually catch a girl’s game on some odd channel. The main stations mainly have men’s games on them.
Equality amongst men and women in sports should not merely be measured by their physical drive and prowess on the playing field but also by the percentage of athletes compared to the total number eligible. Great strides have been made to provide an equal opportunity for females in the sports world and even greater steps have to be taken. Women have come a long way and yet have a long way to go. Increases in scholarships, salaries, airtime, operating and recruiting expenses will help encourage female athletes. Women should be treated as equals to men when it comes to sports and this seems very possible in the absolute near future.