Growth in Women’s Sports

Almost forty years after the passage of federal legislation used to prohibit gender discrimination in sports, female participation in college activities has reached a new high.  Within the last two years, the number of women in sports has grown significantly despite budget cuts. These are definitely achievements worth celebrating.

Today there is an average of 8.7 women’s sports teams per college. That is the highest number ever. It is normal to walk into a grocery store and see little girls in soccer uniforms…it would almost seem abnormal if you didn’t. Times are changing and people are proud of that.

Sports teach dedication, assertiveness, competitive instincts, and how to be a team player. As the number of women in the work force increases, we can’t help but wonder if there is any correlation.  Other than the fact that sports keep kids out of trouble, they also instill a work ethic that may not have been understood otherwise.  At a young age, children are realizing that they have to work hard and put in the time, or else they may be sitting on the bench.

The gap between men and women’s sports is closing, and not just in the United States, but around the world.  In order to uplift the everyday female athlete, big companies such as Nike, Under Armor, and Adidas have been raising awareness.  Adidas’s #mygirls campaign emphasizes empowerment through women athletics.  This video displays a group of women soccer players in Nigeria.

quoteThe thing that holds us together in my team is love and understanding

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