Sports are a great way to release aggression, bring people together and show support for one another. But when it comes to women’s sports, the story is much different. Even though there are more women athletes than ever before, they’re still largely ignored by the media and other organizations. In this post I’ll explain why women’s sports deserve more coverage and support from pro leagues (and big companies like UFC), but also how we can get started on changing things today—by just talking about them!
It Can Be Hard To Find Coverage Of Women’s Sports In The Media.
If you’re a woman who enjoys watching women’s sports, you’ve probably noticed that there aren’t many people in the media who care about it. It can be hard to find coverage of female athletes in general and harder still to find coverage of them playing sports that aren’t considered “popular.”
It may seem like no one cares about women’s sports, but this is not true—it just depends on your perspective. Women do care about these teams, but they don’t always know where or how to access them.
I’ll explain why I think this is so important: We need more women working within journalism because it helps with keeping our stories accurate and balanced (which are both important). But even beyond that point alone, having more diversity among journalists would make society look better too!
When Women’s Sports Are Covered, It’s Often About Their Looks.
One of the most common complaints I hear from sports fans is that women’s sports are only covered when they’re attractive. This sentiment is especially prevalent in the case of athletes who have a high-profile, public profile. When a female athlete does something spectacular, like win an important game or hit a home run in front of millions of people on TV, it’s often noted as an accomplishment despite their lack of size or strength—and then quickly forgotten once she loses some weight and stops playing soccer professionally.
This happens even more frequently than you might think! The recent example would be Serena Williams’ loss at Wimbledon this summer after being criticized for not looking “ladylike” during her losing streak against Caroline Wozniacki (aka “the tennis player who looks good”). But this isn’t just limited to tennis players: gymnasts routinely get criticized for how they look in their uniforms; figure skaters routinely get criticized for wearing makeup while competing; runners also tend to get criticized if they aren’t naturally thin enough (or don’t have perfect hair).
Women Athletes Are Paid Less, Across The Board.
If you’re a woman athlete in the United States, it’s likely that your salary is less than what men are paid. Why? The reason has to do with how we view sports and women’s roles in them: we equate strength and speed with ability to play sports, while beauty is often seen as synonymous with weakness. This can make it harder for women to get paid equally for doing something that requires both skillsets (strength) and looks (beauty).
This isn’t just an issue at home; it also happens internationally. In fact, when comparing Olympic medalists from different countries’ female athletes tend to earn less money than male counterparts—even after controlling for factors such as age or region. And professional leagues like Major League Baseball have taken steps over recent years toward greater gender pay equality by instituting policies requiring teams pay players equally regardless of their role within an offense/defense alignment structure
A Lot Of Male Fans Don’t Believe That Women’s Sports Are As Entertaining As Men’s Sports.
A lot of male fans don’t believe that women’s sports are as entertaining as men’s sports. They think we’re just trying to prove how good we are at something, and we couldn’t possibly be any good at something else.
I think this is a mistake, because women’s sports are actually just as entertaining as men’s. In fact, they’re more entertaining! It’s not hard to find examples of this:
- The Women’s World Cup has been going on since 1991 and will continue until 2026 (I was born in 1999).
- The WNBA has been around since 1997 with 30 teams currently playing for the hearts and minds of fans across America(and beyond).
- The Olympics have featured female athletes from all over the globe since 1972.*
Female Fans Are Not Taken Seriously Because They’re Women.
The fans who attend sporting events are often dismissed as women, and their opinions are treated as nothing more than frivolous nonsense. Female sports fans are told to be quiet and not express their opinions. They’re told that they can’t make demands of their teams or leagues because they’re women, and if they do try to make demands, it’s proof that they don’t understand how things work in the world. Female fans are also expected to be happy with what they have—even when it comes down to being disappointed in something as basic as being able to watch a game on television without paying for cable subscriptions (a luxury most Americans now enjoy).
If you’re a female fan of any kind (whether it’s basketball or soccer), these attitudes may make you feel like your voice isn’t heard or valued by others around you—but don’t let them get away with this! If other people don’t respect your opinion enough for them hear what needs changing then why should we expect anything different from ourselves?
Women Athletes Are Frequently Criticized For “Acting Like Men.”
Women athletes are frequently criticized for being too muscular, or not feminine enough. They’re criticized for being too weak, or not masculine enough. And they’re often told that sports should be about fun and games—not about winning medals or making history as the first woman to do X in this particular sport (or even any other).
The idea is that female athletes should act like women instead of men: by having long hair, wearing makeup and skirts rather than pantsuits and baseball caps; by playing softer roles onscreen instead of starring in action films; by prioritizing relationships over competition at all costs.
But this way of thinking completely misses the point: women aren’t trying to be anything but who they are inside; instead of trying to change themselves into someone else’s image of what it means to be female right now—which can feel alienating—they want more opportunities just like anyone else would want them!
The Ufc Should Take More Than Two Hours A Year To Acknowledge Women Athletes.
The UFC should take more than two hours a year to acknowledge women athletes.
The UFC has done an admirable job of recognizing male fighters, but it’s not enough. The promotion needs to do the same for its female talent as well.
The UFC could start by making sure that their pay-per-view cards include more than two hours of content dedicated exclusively to female fighters, including title fights and main events. They could also consider giving women fighters special awards at each event—like they give men—and have those awards presented during commercial breaks or after knockout victories (or both). Finally, they could include more promotional material around these events that features women prominently: magazine covers with photos taken by female photographers; interviews with female journalists discussing what makes a good fight; etc., etc., etc..
Women’s sports need better media coverage and advocacy from pro sports leagues, so they can reach a larger audience and attract more funding.
Women’s sports need better media coverage and advocacy from pro sports leagues, so they can reach a larger audience and attract more funding. The UFC should take more than two hours a year to acknowledge women athletes—but it doesn’t have to be the only organization doing so; other organizations could take up the slack.
Women athletes need more support across the board, and there is a lot of work to do in order to get there
As a woman athlete, I know how hard it is to get support from the general public. It can be difficult to feel like your efforts are worth something when no one else seems willing or able to see them as anything but frivolous or insignificant.
But there are ways that we can change this attitude and encourage others to see women athletes as more than just a niche interest—we just need some help getting there!
We wish everyone involved in the women’s sports movement well. It’s an important space for people of all genders, and it’s not going away anytime soon. There are still many challenges ahead of us, but our hearts will be lifted when we see more coverage of women athletes on television and in magazines—and when there is more funding for them too!