FemaleEquality in Sports
Athleticsin Canada has been held as of great importance by the country. Theratio of men to women has been studied and the statistic compared.Athletics in Canada has been male dominated for a long time.Currently, the head positions are male dominated and this has been anissue of concern in the future of the females in sports. Most of thefemale teams are headed by male coaches and all their activitiescontrolled by their ideas.
Thefemale coaches are thought to have little to control when it comes toleadership in sports, and this has reduced their influence in thefield. The existence of the number of the female athletes in sportstoday has prompted this research. The concern of their future and thetest of the influence in sports both as normal athletes andleadership in these positions are both researched. This research willfocus on the female athletes in Canadian universities.
Veryfew sports have always been considered as appropriate for women.Recently, many sports have been opened to female players includingboxing and rugby. However, females face many challenges ranging fromdiscrimination to lack of fan support and empty stadiums. In manyschools, women represent over 54% of the enrollment (Daniel et al.450). However, their representation in sports is far less meaningthat few of them ever consider participating in sports.
Currently,males enjoy higher chance of success in sports due to access tofunding and other opportunities that female teams rarely get.Therefore, females are disadvantaged even if they have the passion toengage in their preferred activity. Despite facing challenges,females have excelled in many sports proving wrong the publicmale-dominated view. This means that implementing programs that focuson women and address equality will improve female participation insporting activities.
Fora long time, there has been a difficulty in determining which policyto ensure equality in gender in university sports. The issue has beenneglected and there has been little concern to address it. In thepast few years, there has been a desire to improve the femaleparticipation in the positions and a proper way to come up withmeasures to increase the numbers. In the recent years, the femalesholding the head positions have been at a percentage of 17 down fromthe 19 in 2011. This shows the low participation of the gender insports and their influence in the field has been reducing as well.
Thereis a wrong perception that the participation of these females indecision making may not make much difference and, therefore, itreduces their influence in the field. The power of reducedparticipation is being improved by enactment of laws and not ofpersonal decisions. The interests of females in these positions arenot as much as men due to perception and discrimination making ithard for them to attain these posts. The women who are capable havenot been given equal chances and this reduces their influence(Gregory 60).
Sportingactivities have always been linked to strength and physique, and thishas been used as basis of discrimination against females. Males arealways believed to be strong and therefore more qualified inparticipating in sports. However, it is important to note than anysports requires proper training and males too had no skills when theystarted out. Therefore, if given proper training, girls will be asskilled as any other male in the respective activity. It is only thatgirls have their uniqueness and may require different needs fromboys. Sport centers should provide designated spaces for women andgirls in sports to address their different needs and requirements.
Theway sporting activities are taught provides an ideal platform toaddress gender roles in children and young adults. Significantlearning experiences can be derived from witnessing or training witha female coach. The role of females in sports positions relays themessage that women are familiar with the male-dominated field andpossess knowledge and leadership skills. In addition, observingfemale in leadership roles has an eye-opening effect on males makingthem embrace equality.
Inseveral cases, women have been wrongly thought to be emotional inhandling different kinds of sports and having difficulties inhandling the complex situations. Their emotional state is thought toaffect their concentration in the field and other social games. Theperception reduces their chances of holding the top positions ascoaches and even playing properly in the field (Fiona 397). On thecontrary, in many sporting activities, women have proved that theirperceived emotional state is not a limitation to their performance.In addition, they have shown the ability to make decisions even whenunder pressure in the field but little trust is given to them insports.
Genderequality in sports is necessary to ensure both males and females feelmotivated to engage in the activities. The current distribution isnot equal in the country and the fact that there has been a bit ofscramble for the few positions makes it hard for them to beconsidered. In the universities, the teams do not have equaldistribution of male and female team numbers, although the latter hasslightly increased over the recent years. The increase has beenlinked to an increase in the population of the students enrolled.From the chauvinism belief, it has been thought that women have adifficulty in handling different situations with the emotions andthis affects the quality of the decisions to be made (Fiona 400).
Mostof the teams in Canada are male dominated. The players who activelyparticipate in the games are males and this is thought be hard forthe ladies to control. Football is one of the most appreciated gamesin Canada and the highest population enjoying it is the males. Theattitude of the players towards the coach could affect the quality ofthe game since little attention could be given to her. In football,it is thought that controlling the males is not easy and this notionhas been employed to unfairly deny women equal chances.
Inleading the males, the female coaches may have the proper skills intraining the game but controlling this gender would be a problem dueto perception. The teams could perform properly if the coach cancontrol them. Without the control of the coach, the performance maybe poor even if the team can deliver. The nature of male athletes isthat they work with the strength of the coach both in skills and incontrol. The females who can perform both the functions are numerousand as the population of the athletes increase, the competitionbecomes stiff and strict measures are very necessary.
InCanada, just like in the rest of the world, women are taught thatthey have little strength. If they decide to go for physical games,they tend to shy away from getting physically ready for the same andthis reduces their chances of participation. When women play sports,they tend to defy the gender stereotypes since they are not expectedto act with vigor in controlling their movements. The femalesparticipate in the games with a mind that they are weak and caneasily get hurt. In a general way, they tend to believe that theirweakness is societal and the notion affects their willingness. Thismentality reduces their participation and, therefore, cannot getinvolved in hard trainings.
Thestate and the football federation are usually not committed toincluding the females in their programs in terms of funding andsupport, which creates another setback for determined female teams.In such a case, the population of these ladies in participation willobviously reduce as the female population feels discouraged as aresult of the lack of support (Alex et al. 443).
Ithas always been believed that women are weak and may not be able toperform well on the field. However, females are just as strong asmales and capable of performing as well. It is true that some girlsmay be weak but so are some boys and this argument is not sufficientto exclude females from sports. It is just an opinion used by themales who believe they are superior to their female counterparts andfear that girls may perform better than them if given a chance. Inaddition, community expectations are discriminatory over the athleticwoman drawing her away from participation (Liraz et al. 2013).Careful consideration of sporting programs can encourage femaleparticipation and their integration in sports.
Canadaas a country has not given deeper thought in the performance of thefemale athletes. Just like many other countries, the female athletesreceive little attention from the public and, therefore, no supportfor them. Without the support, the morale is reduced. Theirparticipation in the fields is not appreciated and this must affecttheir performance. In the recent years, the female athletics did notreceive any support from the public at all. In case of their games,the turnout for the events was low and most people kept distance insupporting them. Today, even though the number is increasing, theattention is not properly drawn to the public and this has led to aslower growth and motivation.
Theassociation of men with female athletics is not giving them a goodopportunity. The fellow women who could give them support do notenjoy sports at all and this has led to poor motivation. With areduced morale, the performance will be reduced and the state goesfrom bad to worse. For the gender equality to be enacted, having aproper way of handling the situation may not work without mobilizingthe public for their support. Moral support and the public embrasurecould improve their performance and this encourages the equality inthis field.
Thefinancial support for the female games is not as much as that of men.The government is not so much involved with helping the ladies aswith supporting the men and this reduces their participation ingames. In Canada, there are female competitions worldwide and thisreceives little attention because the exposure is not supported. Withmost of the finances going to the male counterparts, the females arereduced to a state where they can hardly get enough support for theteams and their activities are slowed.
Theparticipation and training for men usually draws the attention of thefootball federation as compared to their counterparts. Most of themale activities are done at the expense of the females hence they getlittle support. The input of the government in ensuring that thefemale teams succeed cannot be comparable to that of the men and theperformance is reduced. Considering the past events, the fundraisingfrom the politicians and other powerful business people attract themale football clubs with little attention given to the females hencekilling their skills. The inequality in funds distribution andgovernmental interest has proved the inequality in football withfemales receiving little attention. Most of the female activities aremore interesting than that of the males (Daniel et al. 450).
TheCanadian Interuniversity Sport and the gender equity were establishedin 1906 to oversee that there is equality in sports in both thegender. In their agenda, the body was to oversee that there was equalresource distribution and to ensure that all participants receivedequal treatment. The body came up with ways in which to increase thefemale participation in sports. Among the ways were ensuring thatmany women took sports as an option in the university, to develop acoaching initiative for the females and to rekindle their reducedmorale, then lastly, the body was to ensure that all the resourcesare distributed equally without favoritism. With time, there has beena difficulty in ensuring a proper equality in the funds and gendersupport.
Theparticipation of males is more than that of the females because ofthe wrong belief that supporting the men would be much beneficial. Intheir agenda, there has been a difficulty in realizing their maingoal. The achievements of the body in realizing equality in the fieldof sports have been minimal since it lacks support from thegovernment and other investors. The support of the female sports andtheir participation requires extra activities other than justcreating a body. Without the outside influence, it would be hard forthe people to come up with proper ways of handling the equality(Kristina, Findlay & Crompton 133).
Inconclusion, the way the women have been considered in the society hasbeen a big drawback in ensuring their success. The wrong mentality ofthe general public that in sports, women cannot perform has just sunkinto their brains and the results are detrimental. Some women toohave had a belief that they are the weaker gender and since athleticsespecially football required physical strength it is not the gamefor them. The chances of having the change of the mindset are minimalsince the idea had been repeated over and over and it is now commonwith the people. The public has had a trust in the capability of themales too much that it forgets to give females a chance to test theirability.
Ithas been in the public that men perform better in the physical gamesbecause of the strength required and capable women are not given anequal chance. The vigor with which the males are supported is farmuch better and the multitudes that turn up for the games areincomparable. The funding from the government and other investors insupport of sports targets men more than women which reduces thefemale motivation.
Thebelief that women cannot perform well in sporting activities hinderstheir participation as they their performance has already been judgedwithout any proper assessment. The body that is charged with equalityhas encountered a lot of problems hence there is no equality forwomen in sports in Canada. Better consideration of women can improvetheir participation and this can be a good start for them.
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