Women in Sports

Isabella Suell
May 8, 2017

Sports aren’t always something people associate with females, and until quite recently, females weren’t allowed to play at all. Prior to 1970 women weren’t even allowed to pursue law or medical degrees in school, and because of this Congress passed Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments Act, or “Title IX”, which prohibits discrimination of any gender and allowed women to not only pursue a higher education but provided equal sports team opportunities. After the law, female participation in sports improved drastically, at the college level. Male athletes still receive 176 million dollars more in scholarships than female athletes every year; but the schools are making an effort to improve this.

Murrah, because of “Title IX”, offers its female students the opportunity to try out for softball, volleyball, basketball, track, swim team, cheerleading, drill team, flag, and band. To keep the female teams as functional and efficient as any male team, the “Title IX” guarantees that all sports teams should be offered equal benefits of athletic participation. Although the “Title IX” act guarantees equal opportunities and equipment, the system of integrating females into sports still holds room for improvement. “Do you believe female sports in school get as much attention as male sports?”, to which Lillian Collins, a softball player for Coach Ellis, responded, “Definitely not, they could definitely have things for the games, like, they [the football team], have shirts, hoodies, and all this merchandise, and to top it off the band at each game.” Another student, Alexis Charboneau (a volleyball player for Coach Prince), was less sure, hesitantly answering, "I don't know. We don't have a boys volleyball team. We could have more events though."

That shouldn't discourage any females from trying out though, female teams are always looking for willing young women ready to find their niche in their chosen sport, as Lillian’s stated, “We [the softball team] have room for improvement. We’re definitely looking for people with more experience. Although it’s a bit disorganized, and that’s about the worse of it, I like the people I’m playing with." Alexis also stated, "Right now it's [their volleyball season] is going well. I would say everyone has something they could work on, like work on confidence and working harder as a team." Like Lillian, she also provided some advice for any aspiring volleyball players, "Be prepared to fall or get hit in the face. Don't give up either!"

Many females over the years have proven that women, despite their typically fragile form, are as capable at any sport as a man would be. Since the early 1800s females have strived to show their athletic capabilities, despite what society believes. Whether it be through protest or simply outplaying the men at their own games, women have worked hard to earn the rights to the sports they play today and will keep fighting until male and female sports teams are held to the same respected standards. “Believe me, the reward is not so great without the struggle”, encouraged Wilma Rudolph, an african american olympic track and field runner once considered the “fastest woman in the world”, to any aspiring female athlete.