Gender Pay Gap for Women Athletes Essay
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Traditionally men have dominated the world of sports however in recent year’s women’s sports have become popular and with their new found popularity, women’s sports have evolved into marketable leagues of their own. Although women’s sports took a huge leap forward, women players still don’t receive the same financial compensation for playing the same sports in the same arenas as their male counterparts. In Purse Snatching by Donna Lopiano, she points out sexism may have a huge effect on this financial discrepancy between women and men athletes. Analyzing sports economics may point to a different reason why women are receiving such a compensation disparity. Women sports have come a long way, since the days when women were only allowed…show more content…
She is the most successful woman in the history of American open-wheel racing, being the only woman to win in the IndyCar Series as well as holding the highest finish by a woman at the Indianapolis 500 of 3rd place; she currently competes in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. With all the success and financial gains women have reached in sports, Women are still underpaid when compared to male athletes.
Lopiano complains that there’s too much of a salaries gap between man and women playing the same sports. “The right to play has been established. However, the issue that has been confronted is the barrier to being treated equally when it comes to money” (Lopiano 1). Most people will say women’s tennis matches are more exciting than men’s matches; men’s victory purses are still considerably higher than women’s victory purses. Top women tennis players earned 59 cents for every dollar earned by their male counterparts. The average total purse was $63,031,000.00 for top men players and $41,000,000.00 for top women players (Daniel Frankl 2). In soccer, the Women’s World Cup soccer team was promised $12,500 if they won compared to the $300,000 male players were to receive. The payout for women players was increased to $50,000 because fans protested the unfair payout gap between the male and female players (Lopiano 1); it’s still 1/6 the payout
Gender Pay Gap Essay
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First-wave feminists fought for equality between men and women, so that women could have their own rights. One of the rights that women fought for was the ability to get post-secondary education (Lorber, 2010, p. 2). As a result, women had the ability to attend post-secondary education, and have been exercising this right ever since. In 2005, 58% of women received all bachelor’s degrees (Snyder & Dillow, 2007, p. 325). Yet once graduation occurs, there is a different form of gender inequality found at the workplace. Although disparity between the number of men and women in the workforce is explainable, there is nothing to justify the pay inequality between genders. Even currently, the difference between the wages of a male and female…show more content…
Change has historically gone unwelcomed by societies; for example, when women were allowed to have a post-secondary education. The idea that women were to continue their education as opposed to starting a family was considered radical as it challenged the standardized gender roles. Gender roles as the “widely shared expectations about how males or females are supposed to act” (Brym, 2014, p. 77), tend to go unchallenged because to their general acceptance. Yet, society has managed to change many social norms within the 20th century, allowing for many norm changes and the growth of society. Allowing women to attend post-secondary institutions was revolutionary. Going to college and university enabled women to obtain jobs that they would not have been able to get on a high school diploma. Men and women were moving towards being equals, past being equals and once again into inequality in performance at school. Overall, women tend to perform better than men in school, even before college. It is common for women “consistently outperform their male peers in high school graduation” (Buchmann, DiPrete & McDaniel, 2008, p. 325). This success has translated to college and university where women have an advantage. Women are most likely to complete their degrees in their fields, and if they do not have a majority in percentage of degrees held, there has been a huge movement in the amount of degrees held in those majors.