Worldwide Ladies’s Day. Equality. Fairness. What function does sport play in defining these phrases and bringing about motion and alter?
What does equality imply to individuals? What do we wish as athletes and as human beings? And why are there so many misconceptions round it?
There are such a lot of inquiries to reply, and whereas some motion has been made, there nonetheless appears to be extra speaking the speak than strolling the stroll.
“They don’t usher in sufficient cash to be paid full time” – even I, a girls’s activist, an outspoken retired athlete, have been caught within the entice of claiming these phrases and focusing my consideration on what we “want” to do to catch up.
However how will we meet up with greater than a century’s handicap?
The boys’s Victorian Soccer League began in 1877 however the first girls’s competitors didn’t come about till 104 years later.
Maybe out of all of the sporting arenas, the Stawell Present operating race is the one which has it proper, handicapping these on the entrance, as a substitute of those that are already behind.
Equality is not only about equal pay, it’s equal alternative, equal respect and equal recognition.
Equality will not be one thing athletes in girls’s sport ought to need to earn. Equality shouldn’t be a privilege, it must be a proper.
I’ve centered on “how will we market ourselves higher” as extra sponsors equals extra protection. With extra protection comes extra eyeballs on screens and bums on seats, which equals better broadcast offers.
How will we finest market ourselves? And will we even worth ourselves proper?
What number of gigs can we do totally free or earn lower than our male counterparts simply so our sport could be seen?
Will we promote drama to get into the mainstream media? Or will we disguise our reality as a result of if we dare communicate out on what we imagine in, the cash may very well be taken away only for being ourselves?
Will we do as we’re advised and fall into line? That dangers making us “boring”, with out opinions and the must be extra “thrilling” and “participating”.
In the event you’re a feminine with an opinion it simply appears to have a bit extra sting to it.
It’s time for girls’s sport to be courageous and cease pondering “what if”.
We’ve waited far too lengthy to get our probability at professionalism, now could be the time to grab the chance.
What does that imply? It’s time to cease residing within the field.
We do the whole lot for our sports activities and for a lot of it’s on high of full-time work, coaching and for some, parenting.
We hardly ever receives a commission the identical at gigs as males regardless that we might give our craft the identical period of time, dedication, sacrifice and energy. However males receives a commission extra, as a result of they’re extra recognisable. Not all the time due to the effort and time they put into their craft, however as a result of they get media publicity and video games on prime time TV.
As a result of there’s custom with their groups and since individuals have been watching them compete for over 100 years, which has created a tradition and connection.
Ladies’s sport can not compete with this market. Regardless of how arduous we battle or what we promote, we are going to by no means get these 100 years again.
As an Australian netballer, you’re one among 12 of the very best netballers on this planet. But a male of equal stature in one other sport will likely be paid considerably extra for doing the identical quantity of labor.
That is inequality that inequity has created between males’s and girls’s sport.
So this Worldwide Ladies’s Day, how will we embrace fairness?
I need to ask the query; what do WE worth as a society? Who’re you bringing into your company management days, your sports activities membership nights and the way a lot are you paying? Are you asking girls to do it totally free or at a decrease charge? What workforce is your organisation sponsoring, are you paying for publicity? Or are you investing in ensuring little ladies have the identical alternatives as males once they develop up. You could be the distinction.
As a result of sure, we now have come a great distance – however with out your assist, we are going to by no means catch up.
Equality isn’t a privilege, it’s a proper.
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