The Importance of Women's Sports in Comparison to Men Is Women's Sport As Important As Men's SportIs women’s sport as important as men’s sport? Well, that’s the question…
It wasn’t until the end of the 19th century that women started to
enjoy sports. Yet, only the upper class had the privilege of sporting
activities such as horse riding, archery, golf, tennis, skiing, and
skating in those days.
Women’s first appearance in modern Olympic Games was the 2nd Olympic
Games held in Paris in 1900, although only two events, golf and
tennis, were open to women. The number of events increased gradually
after Paris, however some events were closed to women because of
resistance of men. It was in the 1920’s that women first appealed to
the public to have the equal opportunity to enjoy sports as men do. As
the Women Sport International was established in 1921 and served as
the collective voice of women, women’s track and field events started
at the 9th Olympic Games held in Amsterdam in 1928. It may seem
incredible now, but there were many men who were against women’s track
and field events in those days.
It now seems that the gap between men and women in sport is getting
smaller in terms of statistics and systems. However, many issues still
remain unresolved relating to women’s sports.
Firstly, there is the fact that the participation of women in sports
has always been lower than that of men’s. Traditional views of gender
roles and stigmas attached to women’s abilities seem to influence the
rate of participation. For example, people tend to feel negatively
when mothers enjoy sports utilizing baby-sitters or child-care
facilities, while this may not be the case for fathers.
Another issue is that women are under-represented in the leadership in
sport. The number of women coaches, directors of sport organizations,
physical education teachers and...