This week on the podcast, Kristi & I take on the task of discussing a complex topic: the pursuit of female equality in sport (and life). Our goal is to explore the path to achieving equality for women in sports. Simply put, we want more women & girls to play sports and strongly believe that fighting for equality for professional female athletes is a major part of the solution.
We begin this episode by explaining the vast benefits of women & girls’ involvement in sport. Then, we define what sports are & how equality can be evaluated in more than one way. What are sports? Why were they created? Who made the rules? What is equality? Finally, we share ways that we can all play a role in the mission to gain female equality in sport.
We also want to make it clear, we’re not encouraging women to sit on their asses and demand equality arbitrarily. Instead, we’re encouraging women to get out and try to become the best they can at whatever sport (or endeavor) they take on. We’re encouraging women and girls to show up, be seen & know that they can be part of the change.
In This Episode You’ll Learn:
Why women & girls’ participation in sports has life-altering benefits
The difference between absolute equality and relative equality in sport
Why the argument “we can do what men can do” is dangerous
How the world’s highest paid athlete may not be the “absolute” best
The discrepancy between male & female representation in the media
“We have to be our own biggest advocates.” - Kristi
“Glass ceilings don’t fall by themselves.” - Kristi
Women’s Sports Foundation research on the benefits of sport participation for women & girls.
TedTalk by Michael Kimmel: Why Gender Equality is Good for Everyone (Men Included)
Information about the Male Hormonal Cycle (Jen stated that men’s hormones don’t change, which is not entirely true…)
Information about the Female Hormonal Cycle