Each year, thousands of college students pursue athletics as part of their school career. As with all other aspects in life, scholarships and sport choices provide women with different opportunities than men. This has been a recurring issue ever since women began participating in university athletics on a steady basis. Although some changes have attempted to instill equality, today’s society still does not keep males from having the upper hand in the athletic world. Because of the lack of funding and opportunities, female athletes suffer unfair disadvantages to men in the area of athletics. Beginning in the mid 1960s it was apparent that female athletes were severely underfunded and outnumbered. People such as Billy Jean King, a female Olympic-level athlete, began speaking out about the differences in scholarship funding and availability. After years of petitioning, arguing, rallying and ranting, finally as a response to these gender discriminating accusations, an initial step was taken to close the gap between unequal collegiate level scholarships.
The leap began with the enactment of Title IX in the Education Amendments of 1972, and has greatly progressed from there. Title IX is one aspect of the Education Amendments that paved the way for female athletics. By banning sex discrimination in all aspects of academics and athletics, women were rapidly provided with numerous fresh and new opportunities. Though Title IX endorsed equity in both academics and athletics, most controversy fell under the attention of the athletic world. With the new attention being given to the women, universities and schools began exploring the different female sports and opportunities. While Title IX made the athletics area much more fair and equitable, the amendment did not select which sports must be provided, budget limitations, or overall gender ratios.
As the Title IX amendment grew in popularity and full advantages started being taken, careers and sport choices for females began appearing nationwide. Yes, athletic directors and higher status jobs in the athletic area, were still held by mostly males, yet women began edging their way into the radar as prospective directors and leaders of the athletic area. Women today are just as likely to attain a career in the athletic area as males, and this never would hav been an option just 50 years ago. Diane Schumacher, a well-respected coach of collegiate level softball and basketball in Illinois, states that “It's clear that Title IX has done much, but still has much to do. I hope it will continue to force us to reevaluate school sports programs. If we don't get it right in the next few years, athletics will become more club-oriented, as they are in Europe” (Schumacher).
Although more equal opportunities being presented to females, a continually recurring issue revolves around the financial aspects of...