Imagine it: a girl walks into the Pioneer stadium ready to dominate her soccer game. As she glances up at the stands, she is filled with disappointment as more than half of the fans left after the boys soccer game finished. For many girls, this is just another ordinary game.
Inequality in sports has come to be a popular topic. Many girls feel they are not given the same attention as male athletes.
“I feel that there is a lot of female sports that don’t get the recognition and support that they should,” junior varsity soccer player Maddie Daniels said.
Even though men’s teams are receiving most of the praise, they see this as an issue too.
Take the U.S women’s soccer team for example. A recent 2019 study found by the New York Times shows if the men’s team won all 20 games they would receive $263,320 in bonus money. If the women’s team won all 20 games, they would receive only $27,000 in bonus money, which is already a little more than one-third of their salary of $72,000.
This happens even when women's teams produce just as good of results, if not better sometimes. Many people feel their sport doesn’t get any recognition despite being a part of the boy’s or girls’s team.
“The only team that really gets any attention is the football team compared to sports like soccer and volleyball,” junior varsity soccer player Nate Hoang said.
Not only do people not show up to women’s sports, but half the time they aren't even broadcasted. Many people don’t even watch women’s sports.
“I think both men and women’s sports are fun to watch but I watch more men’s sports,” Hoang said.
Although Hoang hasn’t experienced gender inequality in his sport, he notices the difference in people's attitudes toward girls sports.
“I have noticed a difference in people's attitudes towards men’s and women’s sports. Often, people prefer men’s sports to women’s sports, especially when talking about them,” Hoang said.
However, this has been a very different experience for Daniel. She has experienced gender inequality in her sport.
“I recently played in one of our high school soccer games. The boy’s played right before us, and a lot of people left right after the boys game even though our game was right after. So, they came and supported the boys but then couldn’t even stay and support us,” Daniel said.
For men’s and women’s soccer, the games follow after each other. Students and parents staying to support both teams is simple.
“We could promote both men and women’s sports equally,” Hoang said.
Athletes work countless amounts of hours a week. As for soccer, the girl’s and boy’s use the same techniques to practice and play.
“We could recognize that both men and women’s sports are challenging and that not one gender works harder and is more important than the other,” Daniel said.
Go out and support your girls and mens teams today. All the recognition for their hard work is appreciated and makes the tough workouts and days worth it!