Essay on Gender Inequality And Its Impact On Society

1265 Words Apr 22nd, 2016 6 Pages
Gender inequality is a worldwide problem that has been going on for far too long. Imagine doing something that you love for a living but not being able support to yourself or your family. Pay inequality is an issue in many jobs, but is especially prevalent in the sports world. Generally, female athletes are paid much less than their male counterparts even though they play the same sport. In fact, most of the National Women’s Soccer League players live within the poverty line. The pay gap in all types of sports leagues, discrimination of female athletes, and downplay of the work women put into sports are just a few major issues in our society today. Men seem to be valued more than women in sports, and if we want the next generation of young people to be successful, we have to change that common misconception.
BBC Sports reports that men earn more prize money than women in 30% of sports, with soccer being the biggest gap. For example, Germany received $21 million more for winning the 2014 World Cup than Japan’s women did after they won the World Cup in 2011. However, some sports, such as tennis and golf, offer better pay for women. Female tennis player Michelle Wie’s $452,000 reward doesn’t compare to 2014 US Open winner Martin Kaymer’s million dollar prize, but it’s a little more fair. Unfortunately, unequal pay is also a huge problem in collegiate sports. In 1972, a law called Title IX was passed which required colleges to provide equal opportunities and funding…

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