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Gender Inequality in Sports

For many female sports players, sports writers, and sports fans, the competition doesn’t end out on the field--beyond the ring and rink, women have to compete with society and at times with each other for respect, visibility, and legitimacy. Sports are a tool with which we affirm societal values; courage, determination, national identity. Athletes are elevated, entrusted with hopes and reverence of the people. People pay to have a successful athlete’s name grace the back of their replica jersey--it’s an affect of aspiration, an idolization you take with you when you leave the house.

When women’s achievements and success are deemed a distant secondary to their male counterparts, women’s-only competition is not progress or inclusion but segregation.

The winning basketball coach is a woman. The all-time leading U.S. soccer goal scorer is a woman. Yet women still do not feel safe attending sporting events, or participating in sports communities. For women to truly bring out the best in each other on the designated sporting apparatus, we must work to dispel some of the worst in society: misogyny, erasure, rape culture, transphobia.

What work remains? How do we set about it? Who’s already doing it? We pose these questions to our fabulous panel of guest contributors, assembled from every facet of sports culture, and present their dispatches as testimony of a contest without set rules, referees, or a finish line yet in sight.

But we can all agree that no job should involve persistent—and potentially dangerous—harassment.

Don't Call Me The "Cutest Weightlifter"

Beauty and strength are not antithetical. They are harmonious.
Submitted by Samantha Wright | 12.21.15 12pm

What's A Woman, Whether She Loves Sports Or Not, Without A Voice?

n Arizona they want to know, why I like hockey instead of football. I've gotten reactions to pieces I've written from fans in Canada telling me that 'maybe if I was from a hockey town, I would... Read
Submitted by Cat Silverman | 05.16.15 2am

Sexism And Homophobia In The NHL

The You Can Play Project was launched in 2012, dedicated to getting rid of homophobia in sports, with its original campaign based primarily in the NHL. Most in the NHL seemed to understand that a gay... Read
Submitted by Sarah Jane | 05.15.15 2am

Whitney Childers Weighs In On Women's Olympic Ski Jumping

In 2005, there was still a laughable belief among some decision-makers at the FIS that ski jumping wasn’t safe for women “from a medical point of view.” The fear? Your uterus might fall out. The... Read
Submitted by Whitney Childers | 05.14.15 3pm
credit: "GAME FACE" documentary

Fallon Fox: "We Can Actually Be Bad ass. No. Wait. We Are Bad Ass!"  

Fallon Fox is an MMA fighter with a record of 5-1. She competes as a featherweight and is the first openly transgender MMA fighter. I have an admission to make. It seems from this side of the coin,... Read
Submitted by Fallon Fox | 05.12.15 2am

What The '93 World Series Taught Me About Sexism In Baseball

Baseball’s biggest problem is not how long it is, but how long it has shut certain people out.
Submitted by Stacey May Fowles | 05.1.15 10am

Female Boxers Are Strong Athletes Without Question Or Apology

I had the opportunity to challenge people’s expectations and pre-conceived notions about female athletes.
Submitted by Katya Bankowsky | 04.30.15 1am

I Joined Roller Derby To Empower Myself—But It Wasn't Quite That Simple

One of roller derby’s biggest challenges is compassionately and empathically addressing growing pains.
Submitted by Diandra Oliver | 04.24.15 1am

The Necessity Of Intergender Wrestling

Wrestling is for everyone, and wrestling is better if men and women can do it together.
Submitted by Shelly Deathlock | 04.19.15 1am

So You're A Woman And You Want To Be A Sports Journalist

If you’re okay with the daily reminder that you don’t belong, you just might make it.
Submitted by Toni McIntyre | 04.18.15 8am

Women Are Taking Their Rightful Place At The Football All-You-Can-Eat Buffet

We may not have a female president in 2016 but we will have the first full-time female official in the National Football League.
Submitted by Brandon Marianne Lee | 04.17.15 1am

The Sexist Politics Of Horse Racing

Horse racing allows women to compete against each other without regard to their gender. Why, then, are there so few female jockeys?
Submitted by Nicolle Neulist | 04.16.15 10am

The Dangerous Gender Lessons Young Male Athletes Learn

The culture around sports (and especially high school football fandom) made it difficult not to internalize a lot of harmful assumptions.
Submitted by Ned Would | 04.16.15 3am

When Wrestling Is An Act Of Feminist Rebellion

The world of women’s wrestling operates by its own particular standards of objectification, equality, and the glass ceiling.
Submitted by Ruth Leitman | 04.15.15 9am

Why Women's Sports Should Be Marketed To Everyone

Who says watching female athletes is boring or not as exciting as watching men? Not these little girls.
Submitted by Ann Gaffigan | 04.15.15 8am

On Being A Fat Wrestler 

No one thought they were being cheeky; they truly believed that women and fat people were less adequate.
Submitted by A.V. Christensen | 04.15.15 4am