The highest current salary in the WNBA is $105,000, while the highest salary in the NBA is about $35 million. Does that sound equal to you? Title IX was written to give women equal opportunities in sports and in education, but they are still treated differently then men. They receive less attention and publicity. I think that women deserve just as much attention and pay as men get.
Title IX is a law that was passed in 1792. The purpose of the law is to attempt to give women equal opportunity in jobs, athletics, and education. The reason I say attempt is because even though this law was passed, women didn't really get equality in these fields. Before Title IX, the main sports for women were cheerleading and square dancing. There were so many sports that men could play and women couldn't. So for example, if you were a girl who really enjoyed baseball, there was no way for you to play. Also, one in twenty-seven women play sports in high school. That means less then 5 percent of all the women in high school played sports. On top of that, if (when) the women got to college, there were practically no sports for them to play. The very few sports programs they did have for women got about 2 percent of the athletic budget. Less then 300,000 women played sports in college before Title IX was passed. After Title IX, there was over 2.7 million women athletes in high school. That is about 2,400,00 more high school girls playing sports. In fact, as of the year 2000, about 42 percent of high school athletes were women. In the 2004 olympics, 44 percent of the athletes were women. This shows how Title IX really improved women's opportunities in athletics.
Although some men think women cannot handle it, there are many women CEOs who run huge companies. In fact, there are 22 women CEOs that run Fortune 500 companies. These women and their companies are ranked anywhere between 10 and 499. They are very spread out between these numbers. For example, Indra K. Nooyi is currently the chief executive and chairman of the number 41 ranked company, PepsiCo. PepsiCo is a very large and successful company, which owns many well known brands such as, Tropicana, Quaker, Gatorade, Frito-Lay and of course, Pepsi-Cola. PepsiCo owns 22 brands who generate more then $1 million each. Nooyi was appointed CEO in 2006, and chairman in 2007. She has led PepsiCo's global strategy for over ten years. She helped with the divestiture of Yum! Brands. She also had a huge part in bringing Quaker and Gatorade to PepsiCo.
Although they are considered weaker, there are many strong, successful women athletes. Even though they are under appreciated, many of them have achieved great things. For example, Maya Moore is a professional basketball player in the WNBA. Moore went to the University of Connecticut on a full basketball scholarship. She currently plays for the Minnesota Lynx. She has lead her various teams to a total of five gold metals....