Girls Weigh In On The State Of Sports In Society
The landscape of female sports from the professional to high school and youth ranks has changed significantly over the past quarter-century, however, there is still a lot of work to be done when it comes to equality and respect.
A few student-athletes in Connecticut weighed in on the state of girls sports in society today.
“Some challenges I face as a female athlete versus a male athlete – is that you always have to prove people wrong,” said McKenzie Didio, a soccer goalie at Staples High School in Westport. “And more people go to boy’s soccer games than girl’s games. But that just motivates us to work harder.”
Opportunities for girls have increased in sports, but perception hasn’t changed very much when people see girls competing with boys in sports like wrestling.
“People don’t usually do it in front of me, but there will be dads who say, ‘How good can they be if they have girls on the team?’ Or they will be mad when their son has to wrestle a girl,” said Calli Gilchrist, a wrestler from Norwalk, Connecticut.
Challenges always present themselves and there are some athletes who want to take them head-on.
“My goal for track and field is to run with the boys and prove myself against them,” said Quincie Howard of Capital Prep School in Bridgeport.
Is the playing field being leveled and is everything fair in the sports world today? Absolutely not, and the student-athletes are noticing.
“I think TV is always more populated by men’s sports. I always see NBA games and college basketball games and boys’ games. I never see girls,” said Didio.
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