Female athletes are absolutely done asking nicely for the equality, my God, they were promised this nearly 50 years ago when Title IX became the law of the land, WTF is now officially an all-out roar.
We all have recently seen the U.S. Women’s National Hockey Team and the U.S. women’s national soccer team demand equal compensation and resources. Serena Williams proved that motherhood, definitely doesn’t mean she’s out of the game, mean-while, Venus Williams fought for equal pay for women in Grand Slam titles. These two amazing athletes are truly some of the ammunition for women health fitness and equality in all women’s sports.
Adidas guaranteed that the winning female athletes would get bonuses equal to the men in this pass summer’s World Cup. CBS signed a landmark deal to cover the WNBA. Notre Dame women’s basketball coach Muffet McGraw announced she’ll hire only female coaches ( we have seen the first female NFL and NBA coaches). Pay was equalized for the female surfers in the World Surf League. We have also had the pleasure to view the Aurora Games, a first-of-its-kind, world-class all-women competition and festival, August 20, 2019, my friends the list goes on.
Check this out, a whopping record 43 percent of all athletes are women, we are also seeing a major shift in sporting brands getting behind women health fitness, these remarkable athletes are putting their money where their mouth is, says Nicole M. LaVoi, PhD, the director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport. However, there’s still a lack of visibility, Women’s sports only receive 2 to 4 percent of media coverage, ( and that is BS in my opinion ). It is part of the reason girls are two to three time more likely than boys to just drop out of sports between the 8th and 12th grade, this is per research from the Women’s Sports Foundation (WSF).
Publicity provides, role models for young girls-they want to be the next Serena Williams, the next Abby Wambach, you have to see it to be it, to understand that it is opportunity out there for you. Now, a class of women health fitness is not only stepping up to illustrate to kids what they can become, but using their platforms to battle for a better experience by the time those girls even begin to set foot on the playing field. As athletes like Olympic gymnast Champion marathoner, Aly Raisman Allie Kieffer, and two-time Olympic soccer gold medalist Wambach continue raising their voices loudly, their messages are empowering many other women to speak up, creating a powerful movement that will not, and can not simply be tossed in the shadows.
In May, 200 of the very best women’s hockey players announced they will be boycotting all the games until the National Women’s Hockey League gives them the long overdue pay and resources that they all deserve. By having no health insurance and making as low as $2,000 a season means players can’t adequately train at the highest level, the Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association wrote in a group, statement.
We’re in a major moment right now for women in general, says Wambach, who authored the recent Wolfpack: How to come together, Unleash Our Power, and Change the Game. And Weightlifting For A Beautiful World, believes equality in all sports plays a very important role in the greater conversation concerted equality for all women. We tip our hats with a warm heart to the W.S.F. and to all females in sports.
May you be always in good health, humbly yours Paul Earl.