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Let's Support Our Girls!

Shivani Tripathi

Posted on June 3, 2019 10:48

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Begin your summer by watching the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup!

A plethora of television shows, movies, music, and other forms of media await as we dive into the summer. Out of the considerable variety, I urge everyone to tune into the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Hosted in France, the tournament begins this Friday and ends at the beginning of July. Some of the participating teams include Argentina, Brazil, Nigeria, and of course, the reigning champions: The United States.  

The US Women’s Soccer team is entering the tournament under an enormous amount of pressure. They have accumulated more profits and revenue for the US soccer federation than the men’s team has. Moreover, the women play more games, amass a larger viewership, and boast three World Cup titles and four Olympic gold medals. Despite their success, the US soccer federation continues to pay the male team more.

The unfair treatment ultimately led to the entire women’s team filing a lawsuit against the US Soccer Federation in March. In the 2019 World Cup, the women’s team must yet again prove their worth, and right to equality.

The lawsuit is a monumental one because it transcends soccer. Female athletes in all sports are grossly underpaid. For example, the maximum WNBA salary in 2018 was $113,000. On the other hand, top male basketball players were making 26 to 30 million dollars per year. Disparities like these can be attributed to women’s sports attracting less viewers. People tend to favor male teams because of a societal bias against women in sports.

Such bias can be clearly seen when comparing the revenue of the women and men’s world cups. The 2014 men’s World Cup generated a revenue of 4.8 billion dollars, while the women made a meager 87 million dollars in the 2015 tournament. Evidently, the world still believes that male teams are somehow more deserving of attention than their female counterparts. The prioritization of men’s sports is absolutely shameful. Professional female athletes train just as hard to honor their respective countries, yet their efforts go ignored due to their gender.

Ordinary citizens cannot do much to combat the institutional discrimination. However, we do have the power to gradually undermine the cultural disregard for female athletes. So, no matter what nation you hail from, make sure to switch on the TV this summer and support the women who make us proud.

 

Shivani Tripathi

Posted on June 3, 2019 10:48

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