The Equality Of Gender And Gender Equality In Professional Sports
men had all the rights but this country was founded on “equality for all.” Since then, times have changed drastically and women have certainly received rights, but I wouldn’t go as far as saying “equal rights.”
There are many people that see the equality between men and women but one place that it hasn’t been present is the sports world. Gender in all sports has been an issue even since sports came about. In the late 1700’s sports became more popular. There was golfing, horse riding, billiards, etc. and men were the only ones able to participate in these athletic activities. Men of the upper class and lower class had more rights when it came to these activities. While the men were allowed to participate, women were left on the sidelines only to watch. Many of these rules began to change within the last century or so. Women were getting more and more rights to participate in sports, but it wasn’t an easy fight.
Eventually, Title IX (Education Amendments Act of 1972) was introduced to the United States in hopes to fix the inequality between genders. By the NCAA’s website Title IX states “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” Even with the placement of Title IX there is still to this day unequal treatment between genders in the sports world. Now I’m not saying that Title IX was a…