Gender And Gender Inequality In Professional Sports

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Throughout the years, it has been apparent, the inequality within professional sports between men and women, specifically, the gap between salaries. While men are signing multi-million dollar contracts, women are receiving considerably lower salaries for the same sport compared to their biological counterparts. This has many people pondering the reason behind such a massive gap in salary. While they are both playing professional sports at an equally competitive level, the only difference seems to be gender. However, explaining such inequality goes beyond a simple explanation, and instead taking on multiple topics. The lack of women’s professional sports associations with substantial league revenue’s, the fan support that these associations …show more content…
Generally, a man, due to stereotypes and normative expectations (how a person is supposed to act in society depending on gender and race) are usually looked upon as leaders and role models in the majority of the world. Although this kind of power does present gender inequality in its self, this inequality is something that men can use for good when talking about the gender inequality within professional sports. Since the majority of professional sports is male dominated in terms of salary, fan support, and popularity, top professional male athletes essentially have a responsibility to support and endorse their fellow female athletes. Not to say women have not done a great job in establishing equal rights and freedom for themselves. Women have already made great strides as a community in establishing gender equality, but, at times it is not enough. Men need to step up and give women a bigger voice in the fight against inequality. Therefore, it is critical that men and women work together to achieve equality. In relation to professional sports, it is imperative that recognizable male athletes like Sidney Crosby (hockey), Aaron Rodgers (football), LeBron James (basketball) and many more male athletes endorse, support, and bring attention to the gender equality that surrounds professional sports. In addition, it is also important for female athletes to continue fight for gender equality and freedoms within professional sports; especially recognizable female athletes who are making comparable salaries to male athletes like UFC fighter Rhonda Rousey ($6.5 million in 2015), Female NASCAR driver Danica Patrick ($13.9 million in 2015), and Mariana Sharapova (29.2 million in 2015) (Chiari,

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