27 Mar Why Don’t Women’s Sports Get The Same Coverage As Mens?
2017 was a big year for feminism. Numerous people took a stand for women being treated like equals, but if i’m being honest, we still have a long way to go when it comes to women’s sports.
It’s no secret that women’s sports are not watched or supported as much as men’s sports.
According to livestrong.com, In a study that was done on four major newspapers– USA Today, the Boston Globe, the Orange County Registrar and the Dallas Morning News– women-only sports stories totaled just 3.5 percent of all sports stories.
It’s not just the papers who aren’t showcasing women’s sports either, its all media outlets in general.
Approximately 40 percent of sport and physical activity participants are women, but only 6 to 8 percent of total media sports coverage is devoted to their athletics, according to WomensSportsFoundation.com
Why is that? Why are sports shown less just because it’s a women’s sport? The sports and rules of the game are identical. The only difference is the gender of the players.
The answer is simple. We as viewers, are not doing enough to change that. As a whole, we are doing a lot for creating equality for women, but women’s sports is the one area we are lacking in.
Media outlets aren’t going to showcase them until we, as a whole, show a real interest in them. We, as viewers, need to become more supportive of women’s sporting events.
Go to their games.
Tune into the games on the television.
Follow female athletes on social media.
Overall, be more supportive of female sports and athletes.
The more we do to show our support for women’s sports teams, the more they’ll be showcased.
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