Throwback Thursday: With the Sweet Sixteen starting tonight and it being Women’s History Month, we thought it was a great time to share this 1903 postcard with you. The “P” seems faded, but that is a Princeton University banner they’re playing under.
I actually deleted the comments that said things like, “You dumb cunt. This is bullshit.” There were three comments like that altogether. Also from men who are apparently enraged by the idea of the NWHL or women getting paid to play or girls getting into professional sports.
THIS IS WHY THIS DOCUMENTARY MATTERS.
This kind of reaction is exactly why we should be interested in a film that supports women athletes and women in general. There are only 9 days left to meet the goal of these filmmakers or they receive nothing. Please consider pitching in a few bucks. Hell, I’d pay $5 just as a big EFF YOU to some of these dudes who replied to my Facebook ad.
After a decorated career in the WNBA, Hammon joined the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs as an assistant coach last year. She’s the first female full-time assistant coach in NBA history. And, after being named the team’s summer league head coach, Hammon just made history again. It doesn’t take much to see why Hammon is such an effective coach.
we’re already pretty accustomed to income inequality - in the US, women make $0.77 to men’s $1.
then we shouldn’t be surprised by the disparity of income in professional sports. depending on the sport, women make an infinitesimal fraction of their male counterparts’ salaries.
the fact of the matter is: salaries are based on salary caps, funding, ticket sales, etc, and most women’s pro leagues are in their infancy. at this point in time, women can’t be paid as much as men.
that doesn’t mean it’s fair. women are just as talented, just as athletic, and just as powerful. they’re doing the same things, but being paid way less.
a bit part of the problem is media coverage. less coverage means less exposure, which means smaller audiences, smaller fanbases, fewer tickets sold, less money, fewer sponsorships, tiny salaries. it also means that fewer girls are seeing their potential role models and are less inspired to take part in sports compared to boys, which leads to fewer high-caliber female athletes. it’s a vicious cycle.
so the question stands: what can we do about it right now?
we can throw on our jerseys, attend games, and cheer our heads off. we can advocate, support, and spread the word. we can encourage the media to cover women’s sports. we can volunteer as coaches and instructors and encourage young girls to play. we can raise awareness.
that’s how it worked for men’s sports and that’s how it’ll work for women’s sports, however many decades late we may be.
— disclaimer: the figures and charts above may not be not visually accurate, may not display the most up to date information and are based on basic research. view them as interpretations, not fact.